Black History Month is here! It is time to celebrate African American culture and the significant African American’s that have fought for the freedoms and rights that are in place today. Black History Month was started by Carter G. Woodson and has been taking place every February in the United States and Canada since 1976. Black History Month is intended to educate people about African American history focusing on African American culture, but notable individuals and their achievements, as well.
Although Black History Month did not begin nationally until 1976, it has taken place in Chicago since 1915. Black History Month is celebrated throughout the Chicagoland area including in schools, businesses, conventions contributing to the city’s rich and diverse heritage. Chicago has been home to culturally-rich African American communities since the 1840s and continues to this day. The Great Migration drastically transformed Chicago in both cultural and political arenas. Many African Americans moved from the South to Chicago to get away from violence and segregation. African American history is an enormous part of Chicago History.
The main stop for Black History Month in Chicago is The DuSable Museum of African American History. At the DuSable Museum there are many exhibits to be seen and heard. Also added this year will be an event being held at Chicago’s own Navy Pier: An Evening of Soul in Honor of Black History Month. This special event will feature music by Avain Hightower and Full Circle, Joan Colasso, plus line dancing and cocktails.
Emmy-Award winner Joan Colasso is a fellow Chicagoan and has performed at many venues not only just in Chicago, but around the world. Her music experience is a blend of Jazz, R&B, Blues, and Gospel. Her music is what makes her different from everyone else. To learn more about Joan Colasso follow the link: www.joancollaso.com
Avain Hightower and Full Circle
Avain Hightower has had a professional career with The Scott Brothers in the 1970’s and from the point on he continued to travel with artists such as; Marvin Gaye, Chi-Lites, The O’Jays to only name a few. In, 2005 he wanted his own band and formed the band Full Circle. Since then they have been mesmerizing people with their tones and energy performances. Their music ranges from Jazz, Pop, R&B to Neo Soul. To learn more about Avain HighTower and Full Circle visit their site at www.avainhightowerfullcircle.com
An Evening of Soul in Honor of Black History Month
Co-Presented with Priceless Presentations
Thursday, February 16, 2012
6 p.m.- 8 p.m