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A free day of film screenings, panel discussions with top photographers and scholars and a reception highlights Bobby Sengstacke Appreciation Day on Saturday at Woodson Regional Library, 95th and Halsted Streets.

A free day of film screenings, panel discussions with top photographers and scholars and a reception highlights Bobby Sengstacke Appreciation Day on Saturday at Woodson Regional Library, 95th and Halsted Streets. Photos, including those from his early images of the civil rights movement to portraits of everyday life in Chicago will be on exhibit as part of the Vivian G. Harsh Collection’s yearlong series of the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers. At the morning session, 10 a.m.-noon, two of his films, “The Sengstacke Eye” (17 mins.) and “Coppin’ the Ghost” (30 mins.), will be shown followed by a panel discussion with Tom Picou, former Chicago Defender editor and retired Real Times Media chair; Abdul Alkalimat, professor of African American Studies at U. of I.; and Charles O’Bannon, of O’Bannon Television and producer for Sengstacke Media Productions.      Additional Sengstacke films, “Quintessential Women” (7 mins.) and “Portraits of Black Chicago,” the 2010 cut (30 mins.), will be shown during the afternoon session, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m., followed by a panel of Bob Black, retired Sun-Times photojournalist; Eric Warner, photographer; and Nate Grant, a Chicago State Univ. professor. A reception, hosted by Vivian G. Harsh Society, will end the day.      Winning Ways – Tonya Ojuluwayo, a caterer and owner of Splice Kitchen, is among a group of five “dynamic entrepreneurs” who will be celebrated on Thursday at the 10th annual MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series Winners’ Reception at its corporate headquarters on Wacker Drive. The five competed for an opportunity to win a total of $200,000 in business grants. Since 1999, MillerCoors has awarded $1.4 million to emerging minority businesses to stimulate economic growth and development in urban communities. The program provides additional Web-based educational resources including Webinars, blogs and business advice from national judges and past winners. The ultimate goal, says Larry Waters, MillerCoors’ director of multicultural relations, is to foster economic growth and to one day turn many of the winning businesses into minority suppliers for MillerCoors. Chicago-based Splice Kitchen, 2826 N. Lincoln, is a shared-use kitchen available for rent by the hour allowing foodservice business owners to operate without the overhead costs or responsibility associated with running a commercial kitchen. The kitchen is available 24/7.     Haitian Help! – Juanita Passmore and Haitian-born Janine Raymond, co-chairs of The Committee to Support Haiti, host a $15 “Haiti Needs Your Help” benefit on March 17, 5 p.m., at eta Square, 76th and South Chicago. Hear firsthand reports from earthquake survivors and volunteers discussing the continuing suffering and awesome resilience of the Haitian people. Guaranteed: every cent of the proceeds will go to Lott Carey Foreign Mission for Haitian relief. Fiscal agent is Black United Fund of Illinois. For tickets, call Cynthia Tucker, (773) 459-9617. Rev. Jesse Jackson is honorary chair.     Program participants: Prof. Robert Starks, who will provide an overview of Haiti; pianist Willie Pickens, vocalist Joan Collaso, Xavier Breaker Quartet and Rafael St. Val of Raft International Combo who will perform a song penned especially for Haiti entitled “Shango for Haiti.” Special guest artist Shirley Hudson will display original artwork; Pam Morris and Cliff Kelley will emcee.     Newsy Names – City Treasurer Stephanie Neely hosts a One-Hour Mentor Program celebrating Women’s History Month on Thursday at Citibank-Citicorp Center. A panel of top female small business gurus discuss obstacles and opportunities for women-owned businesses … LaVarne Burton, American Kidney Fund president and CEO, addresses the impact of chronic kidney disease as well as reasons associated with high rates of the disease in minority communities on Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, at South Park Baptist Church, 3722 S. King Dr. In recognition of National Kidney Month (March), AKF and Thapelo Institute will offer free kidney health screening … Peggy Montes, founder-director of Bronzeville Children’s Museum, joined Mayor Richard Daley and Gary Johnson, president of Chicago History Museum, for the City of Chicago’s 173rd birthday celebration. Also on hand: the 2010 DuSable essay contest winners … Funeral service for Marian Humes, former 8th Ward alderman, is Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Cage Chapel. She lost her battle to pancreatic cancer last week. Our sympathy to her family and friends.  

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