- Created on 17 January 2013
2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of Harold Washington's election as Chicago's first black mayor. The Mayoral debates of 1983 transformed a relatively unknown congressman into a political phenomenon.
The Museum has collected an impressive collection of Harold Washington's television and radio appearances that helped change the face of political leadership in Chicago. The series will include in person campaign related appearances, Town Hall meetings, campaign commercials, and coverage of his death in November of 1987. For listings visit Museum.TV
January 25 - February 28, 2013
Free Museum Admission
Special Seminar at MBC
Wednesday, February 6th
6PM - 8PM
Bruce DuMont - Moderator
Panelists - TBA
- Created on 16 January 2013
WBEZ architecture blogger Lee Bey has a must-read story that takes readers inside the former Johnson Publishing Building, aka the Ebony/Jet Building, that's particularly a feast for the eyes for fans of classic Chicago architecture, reports the Chicagoist.
Bey has written at length in years past about the history of the 11-story building, which was bought by Columbia College Chicago in November 2010. Johnson Publishing moved its headquarters to the Cliff Dwellers Club at 200 S. Michigan Avenue last year.
Columbia College has been one of the catalysts for real estate development in the South Loop for close to two decades, much like Northwestern University has done with its properties in Streeterville. In contrast to Northwestern's handling of the debate over preserving Historic Prentice Women's Hospital, however, Columbia had long intended to preserve much of the Johnson Publishing Building.
Read more at The Chicagoist.
- Created on 09 January 2013
(AP) — Chicago Public Library officials say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit later this month to discuss her memoir.
Sotomayor will attend the free event at the Harold Washington Library Center on Jan. 30.
Her memoir, titled "My Beloved World," recalls her life as a child growing up in a Bronx housing project through her 2009 appointment as an associate justice on the nation's highest court.
She is the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
Sotomayor credits her mother with instilling a sense of determination and self-confidence.
She was President Barack Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court.
- Created on 11 January 2013
"Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden III," Faheem Majeed's contribution to the Industry of the Ordinary's collaborative exhibition, uncovers a significant artifact of Chicago art history. Majeed presents a striking but deteriorating mural by Bill Walker from the 1960s, titled "Hate and Confrontation," and contributes a set of bleachers made from repurposed cedar boards from which to survey the work, reports New City.
Bill Walker worked from the 1960s until the eighties and has murals all over the South Side. Many have been destroyed but several have been restored. Walker was an ordinary man who worked in the post office yet did what we might call extraordinary things. He founded the Organization for Black American Culture and participated in the founding of the Chicago Public Art Group. The wall-sized graphic mural depicts a series of receding black profiles lit by the harsh light of anger, recalling representational work by Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett and Margaret Burroughs. It is a stirring, authentic expression of an African-American artist's direct, untheorized engagement with the turmoil of race relations in Chicago, a fragment of social and overlooked aesthetic history, which does not seem at all ordinary.
Read more at New City.
- Created on 08 January 2013
The Chicago Alumnae Chapter is opening their Centennial celebration with Founders Day 2013 on Saturday, January 19, 2013. This year's theme is "100 Years of Sisterhood and Service: Celebrating Our Past...Embracing the Future".
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, 117th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and National Chaplain for Delta Sigma Theta, is the guest speaker.
This event is held annually to highlight the national and local accomplishments of the organization, while also raising awareness of the sorority.
The luncheon will begin promptly at 12:00 noon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago – West Tower, 151 E. Wacker Drive. Tickets are $65 per person or $650 for a reserved table of 10. The public is welcome.