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1.  From: Paula Robinson <visitbronzeville.com@gmail.com>
....Subject: BMNHAC to Attend ANHA Annual Meeting
BMNHAC to Attend ANHA Annual Meeting
The Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission (BMNHAC) will attend the ANHA (Alliance of National Heritage Areas) Annual Meeting taking place on April 18-22 in Cleveland, MS. The meeting is hosted by the  Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (msdeltaheritage.com). The BMNHAC will meet and get acquainted with the host NHA to focus on our common theme, The Great Migration. They will visit the places and spaces in the Mississippi Delta that gave rise to the many African Americans to travel to Chicago and many other cities in the North seeking a better life in the first half of the 20th Century and beyond.
The BMNHAC will celebrate and honor Congressman Bobby Rush, who heralded the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Law to passage. They will also visit the sites that interpret and preserve the history of Emmett Till and other sites so important to the Civil Rights Movement. Part of our common story is also how the music—blues, jazz, and Gospel began in the South and made its way to Chicago. The BMNHAC will learn about how companies in the North recruited African Americans to flee the South for jobs in the Chicago Stockyards and factories in the Promise
Most importantly, BMNHAC wants to get support and knowledge from their peers that will enable us to move the Congressional bills (HR 670 and S 511) toward passage. Bronzeville- Black Metropolis National Heritage Area will be an international heritage and tourism destination that tells so many stories of the people who made it into a Black Metropolis, a cultural heritage center, and an emerging civic area that provides jobs, economic stimulus and affordable housing to sustain it moving forward. The BMNHAC Delegation was sponsored by the partner donations that include, Friends of Kam Buckner, Eagle OZ Opportunity Fund and Grow Greater Englewood. Additional supporters include: The Field Museum, Bronzeville Trail Taskforce, Phil Grinsted and other generous individual contributors.

The BMNHAC is a IL 501c3 nonprofit organization whose directors and Steering Committee have met the criteria for National Heritage Designation and are currently nominated in this 117th Congress for Congressional Designation. Following a Senate Hearing in February, 2021 sponsored by Senators Durbin and Duckworth (IL-D) and at the request of the Legislative Affairs NHA Office for National Park Service, the BMNHAC has updated is initial Feasibility Study (2013/rev.2015) with current maps, congressional boundaries and new landmarks and sites, including the construction and completion dates for the Obama Presidential Center.

The revised March, 2022 Feasibility Study is available for public review at www.CMAP.Illinois.gov/BMNHAC.

2.  From:  raynard
....Subject: Bronzeville Trail, A 606-Style Bike And Pedestrian Path
.....................For South Side, Finally Moving Forward

Bronzeville Trail, A 606-Style Bike And Pedestrian Path
For South Side, Finally Moving Forward
The elevated, 2-mile biking and hiking trail would start near 40th and Dearborn streets and go east to 41st Street and Lake Park Avenue. An event introducing the project to the public is slated for April 23.
by Jamie Nesbitt Golden
The embankment of the old Kenwood CTA line, where part of the new
Bronzeville walking, cycling and jogging tail will be built.

Bronzeville is getting a trail of its own.

Plans are underway to convert the abandoned Kenwood CTA train tracks at 42nd Street and Indiana Avenue into two miles of parkway for walking, biking and jogging, according to a press release from the Bronzeville Trail Task Force.

Plans call for an elevated trail that would start near 40th and Dearborn streets to the west, going two miles east to 41st Street and Lake Park Avenue. An access point would be a block away from the 41st St. Pedestrian Bridge, connecting it to the Lakefront Trail, organizers said.

The announcement coincides with the city’s recent announcement to add 48 miles of trails and corridors, which includes the former Kenwood “L” line. It would be modeled after The Bloomingdale Trail, which opened in 2015.

“The construction of a bike and walking trail on the abandoned Kenwood Line is something the underserved South Side deserves,” John Adams, Bronzeville Trail

Task Force Founder, said in a statement. “This project has been attempted and rebuffed since 2005 and has been met with indifference for years. Much of Bronzeville’s history is associated with the Bronzeville trail itself, the neighboring property and the role those areas played in the daily lives of Bronzeville residents.”

The task force is hosting a “Celebrate Trails Day” event April 23, which will serve as the project’s official launch. A parade will kick off at 12:30 p.m. from 41st Street and Drexel Blvd., with a press conference and rally scheduled afterward.

3.  From:   service@6ward.com
....Subject:  Black College Expo Tomorrow at Chicago State University

4.  From:  Margaret Caples <cfwchicago@sbcglobal.net>
....Subject: Learn Basic Filmmaking at Community Film Workshop of Chicago

5.  From:  raynard
....Subject: Chosen Few Picnic Returns to Jackson Park

Chosen Few Picnic Returns to Jackson Park
After two years of virtual programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chosen Few Picnic House Music Festival returns to Jackson Park Saturday, July 2, 2022. The festival will feature performances and DJ Sets by the Chosen Few DJs-Wayne Williams, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Jesse Saunders, Alan King, Mike Dunn, and Terry Hunter.

6.  From:  raynard
....Subject: Chicago Museum Free Days For April 2022

Chicago Museum Free Days For April 2022
Raining outside? Go to a museum! For free!
While Springtime in Chicago brings daily chances of rain, there's plenty to do inside. Here's a look at free days at Chicago area-museums throughout the month of April.

Adler Planetarium
Every Wednesday from 4 - 10 p.m., Illinois residents can visit the planetarium for free.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and online. Proof of residency required.

Chicago Botanic Gardens
Free admission for Illinois residents on April 12 and 14. Proof of residenc required.
Preregistration for nonmembers is required. Parking fees apply.

Museum of Science and Industry
April 21-25 for Illinois residents. Proof of residency required.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Photography
Free everyday. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

DuSable Museum of African American Art
Free for Illinois residents every Wednesday.

Chicago Children's Museum and Navy Pier
April 21. $10 discounted parking at Navy Pier with validation.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Smart Museum of Art

7.  From:  Asante, Emma (NBCUniversal, WMAQ) <emma.asante@nbcuni.com>
.....................LIFE AND LEGACY ON HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY

Special marathon coverage streaming all weekend on
NBC Chicago’s channel on Peacock starting Friday, April 15
In honor of Harold Washington’s centennial birthday, NBC Chicago will shine a light on the late mayor’s life and legacy starting Friday, April 15 on NBC Chicago’s channel on Peacock. From Washington’s historic election and reign as Chicago’s first Black Mayor to his shocking death, back-to-back news stories will stream all weekend long.
The marathon coverage will include an original NBC Chicago documentary where NBC 5 Investigates Reporter Phil Rogers chronicles the shock, grief and political chaos following the sudden death of Harold Washington in 1987. Plus, Reporter LeeAnn Trotter will lead a virtual roundtable discussion on The Legacy of Harold Washington. Panelists will share Washington’s defining moments that shaped Chicago amid racial tensions, giving viewers deeper perspective on what Chicago was like in the 1980s.
“To understand Chicago history, you have to know the story of Harold Washington. His legacy is still felt today. At NBC 5, we’re proud to spotlight Mayor Washington’s efforts to unify a divided city and open opportunities for other Black politicians,” said Frank Whittaker, Station Manager and Vice President of NBC 5 News.
Harold Washington Marathon Coverage Schedule on Peacock:

Friday, April 15
2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16
3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16
8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17
3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17
8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
To stream on Peacock, viewers will need to sign up and log on the Peacock app, select the “channels” tab, scroll through the channels and select “NBC Chicago News.” For detailed instructions, click here. Digital stories will also be available on NBCChicago.com, NBC Chicago’s free mobile app and NBC Chicago’s channel on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire and Samsung.
Additionally, on-air newscasts will cover Harold Washington’s legacy on Friday, April 15. Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern will take a closer look at Harold Washington’s significant contributions through the lens of those who were closest to the late mayor.

8.  From:  Martha Heitman <martha.heitman@achn.net>
.....Subject: Be Prepared for the School Year

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9.  From:  raynard
....Subject: Theaster Gates, Prada create incubator to support designers of color

Theaster Gates, Prada create incubator to support designers of color
Seven local residents are among 14 chosen for the first Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab. The program is a collaboration between Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation and the Prada Group.
By Cheyanne M. Daniels
Chef Damarr Brown, of Hyde Park’s Virtue, 1462 E 53rd St., is one of the 14 designers
chosen for Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab’s inaugural cohort.
The three-year program supports designers of color from the creative industries.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Damarr Brown was raised in Harvey by his mother, aunt and grandmother. To help keep him out of trouble, Brown said, the three women would often pull Brown into the kitchen. Before long, he needed no persuasion.

“Once my mother figured out I enjoyed it, she leaned into it,” said Brown. “We watched the Emeril Lagasse Live show together, she would buy me ingredients and challenge me to make things. She made it really fun for me, she really encouraged me to go on that journey.”

That journey took him to the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, and, eventually, to Virtue, 1462 E 53rd St., the Hyde Park restaurant where he’s been chef de cuisine since 2018.

Now, he’s also one of 14 members of the inaugural class of the Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab, announced Tuesday.

The Design Lab, a collaboration between Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation and Prada Group, aims to uplift and invest in designers of colors in fashion, architecture and the industrial arts.

“We spent a lot of time watching how many of the fashion houses in the design world and the museum institutions have been acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of Black artists and designers and people of color, but it felt like much of that has been marketing strategy,” said Gates, co-chair of Prada Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

He wanted to increase diversity efforts and create a pipeline for designers of color — so he pitched the idea for Design Lab to Prada.

Nearly 200 people were nominated by leaders across the creative industries; those offering potential candidates included writer and director Ava Duvernay and the late designer Virgil Abloh. Two groups of Design Lab nominees will each spend 18 months in the program. With support from Prada, more than $250,000 in stipends for the designers.

10.  From:  raynard
......Subject: Park Manor 75, A Black-Owned Wine And Charcuterie Bar,
......................Set To Open This Summer On South Side

Park Manor 75, A Black-Owned Wine And Charcuterie Bar,
Set To Open This Summer On South Side
Married business partners Charlette Stanton and Jacare Thomas say the spot will amplify Black brewers and distillers around the city — and signal to other business owners the power of investing on the South Side.
by Atavia Reed
Jacare Thomas and Charlette Stanton hope to hope Park Manor 75, 600 E. 75th Street, in August.
The duo have dreamt of opening the wine and charcuterie bar for more than 18 years.

A South Side couple is fulfilling their dream of opening a wine and charcuterie bar, an effort they hope will spotlight Black entrepreneurs and spur more Black-owned businesses to open in the neighborhood.  

Park Manor 75 will open in August at 600 E. 75th St. The bar will feature wine and craft cocktails; mellow, low-decibel music; and small bites. Charlette Stanton and Jacare Thomas, a business duo married for nearly two decades, are leading the restaurant.

Park Manor 75 will amplify Black brewers, distillers and creatives around the city, and it will signal to other business owners the power of investing on the South Side, Thomas said.

“We want to build a legacy for our children and build something beautiful for the community,” Thomas said. “We want to be a benefit to the community and have others see us and want to buy property next door. We’re excited about the possibility of what it might look like if we do this right.”

‘We Always Loved 75th Street’

When Stanton and Thomas think back to when they were dating, they said one location comes to mind: 75th Street. 

They liked to shop at the mom-and-pop stores and eat at the restaurants along the strip, Stanton said. Caribbean restaurant Cafe Trinidad was one of their favorite spots.

“We wondered what was so different about the neighborhood versus all the other communities we hung out in,” Stanton said. “We came to the conclusion that it was because it was Black. All the restaurants, services and bars at the time were Black, and it was a good feeling. It was something we wanted to be a part of.”

11.  From:  raynard
......Subject: Chicago leaders announce 15,000 summer jobs for teens and young adults

Chicago leaders announce 15,000 summer jobs for teens and young adults
By Mauricio Pena

On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and department commissioners detailed out-of-school summer programs for youth, including jobs, volunteer opportunities, and arts programs at Chicago Public Schools,
Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries, and other city agencies.
Allison Shelley / The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages

With summer fast approaching, Chicago leaders rolled out plans to hire about 15,000 young people for summer jobs and detailed youth opportunities citywide in an effort to engage teens and young adults in person after the pandemic sidelined programs for two years.

On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and department commissioners detailed out-of-school summer programs for youth, including jobs, volunteer opportunities, and arts programs at Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries, and other city agencies.

Since the start of the pandemic, the experiences for children and young people both in school and out of school have been “fragmented, reduced substantially, or canceled outright,” Lightfoot said.

“We are striving to return to normal this summer,” Lightfoot said. “It’s got to be a summer of joy for our youth where they are reminded that we care about them. We care about their future, and that as a city, we got their back.”

Last summer, youth programs remained virtual or hybrid, but this year’s programs will return to in-person without capacity limits. The programs, which include My Chi, My Future, One Summer Chicago, and Chicagobility are designed for young people to explore their passions and “connect with peers and caring adults,” Lightfoot added.

One Summer Chicago, the city’s signature youth summer program, will connect teens and young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 with hands-on job experience and a career coach in a variety of fields including healthcare, media, and finance.

The program, which is accepting applications until June 10, runs from July 5 to Aug. 12. One Summer Chicago will pay teens and youth the city’s minimum wage of $15 per hour, Lightfoot said.

12.  From:  Illinois Employment Network <employmentnetwork@gmail.com>
......Subject:  2022 Chicago Southland Career Expo

The Chicago Southland is rich in resources, jobs, and training opportunities! 

The Chicago Southland is centrally located and easy to get to from I-57, I-94,
Cicero, Western Ave. or Halsted. All roads lead to the Chicago Southland!

Come to the Southland Career Expo!


13.  From:  Constance Howard <constance_a_howard@comcast.net>
......Subject: Black applicants needed for Video Games industry/USC scholarships

...original message from: Beverly Brown <brownsands64@gmail.com>


The application window for the scholarship closes April 22.

USC’s scholarship was created by Jim Huntley, professor and head of marketing at USC Games — a joint program orchestrated by USC’s film and engineering schools — and Danny Bilson, a screenwriter, producer and video game writer who is the chair of USC’s Interactive Media and Games Division and director of USC Games
The scholarship is currently being funded by Take-Two Interactive and Microsoft.

USC’s estimated cost for freshman living on or off campus is about $86,000.
Beverly Brown

14.  From:  Constance Howard <constance_a_howard@comcast.net>


Want to join our Nursing Team? Please join us at our upcoming NURSING HIRING FAIR: Friday, April 22, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cook County Health Professional Building 1950 West Polk Street - 5th Floor Chicago, IL 60612.

We are hiring STAFF NURSES (RNs) in the following areas:
-Emergency department
-Intensive Care Units

-John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
-Provident Hospital of Cook County

--Onsite Interviews!
--Same Day Contingent Offers!

15.  From:  raynard
.,....Subject:  These Artworks Reimagine the Legacy of the African Diaspora
These Artworks Reimagine the Legacy of the African Diaspora
A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. showcases 130 works by artists from 24 countries

A mirrored map showing North America attached to Africa instead of South America welcomes visitors to the National Gallery of Art’s (NGA) newest exhibition, “Afro-Atlantic Histories.” Created by Hank Willis Thomas, the 2020 artwork—titled A Place to Call Home (African American Reflection)—testifies to the “feelings of connection and detachment that many African Americans have toward Africa,” notes the NGA in a statement. Looking at oneself in the artwork’s reflective surface allows viewers to stake their position in the historical and contemporary racial narratives of the United States.

“[A] mythical connection to Africa is embedded in your identity, but many people go to Africa looking for home and don’t find it because our roots are so diluted there,” says Thomas in the statement. “They also never felt at home in the U.S., where they were born. I wanted to make a place where African Americans come from.”

Thomas’ map is one of more than 130 artworks and documents featured in the Washington, D.C. exhibition, which explores the impact of the African diaspora in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe between the 17th and 21st centuries.

Broadly defined as the mass dispersion of peoples from Africa, often through forced migration under the transatlantic slave trade, the diaspora has a rich cultural legacy, with diasporic art expressing Blackness in disparate places across the Atlantic.

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