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Black History and Culture Lecture Series

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The African American Resource Center at Book Washington Community Center present a Black History and Culture Lecture Series at the Chuck Jefferson Library. 

Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
Know Your History, Know Yourself
Facilitator: Rev. Chester Baker

The focus of the lecture is knowing your history to know yourself.

Thursday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm
Standing on Strong Shoulders: History of the Colored Soldiers' Club in Rockford 
Facilitator: Joyce D. Higgins
The AARC at Booker, formerly the Colored Soldiers' Club, is a winning implication born out of the need for the U.S. Army to segregate the colored soldiers from their white counterparts in World War I. Many organizations established during this time period still exist today.

Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8:30 pm
History of Black Self-Determination Movements
Facilitator: Yahcolyah Muhammad
A review of the history of self-determination and economic opportunity movements.

Thursday and Friday, May 30-31, 6:30-8:30pm
Greatest Story Ever Stolen
Facilitator:  Aukee Toliver, Author
An exploration of the stolen legacy of Kush, Kemet, and all world religions.

Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
A Taste of African Heritage
Facilitator: Antar Baker
The African Heritage Diet Pyramid is brought to life by showing how to eat and cook healthfully, traditionally, and enjoyably through hands-on experience.

Thursday, June 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
African Liberation Movement
Facilitator: Eldridge "Skip" Gilbert, Jr.
Africa's founding fathers who founded the liberations movements and led them were resolute. They knew what they were fighting for. It was not easy.

Subarea:Rockford Southwest

Black History and Culture Lecture Series
  • May 9, 2019 - June 13, 2019
  • Chuck Jefferson Library at the Booker Campus
  • $5 in advance | $6 on-site | Free for AARC at Booker Members