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Gamechangers & Name Changers: A Virtual MLK Day Celebration

January 18, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Game Changers & Name Changers: MLK Day Virtual Celebration 12-4pm

Join Hyde Park Art Center for a day celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Join us on Zoom for a virtual event celebrating local artists, activists, and makers who embody the spirit of MLK, justice and visibility, through film screenings, conversations, and presentations about movements close to home in our dear city of Chicago!

Paige Taul Shorts Screening & Artist Q&A 12pm – 1pm
Join our Ground Floor artist, Paige Taul for a screening of her short films followed by a Q&A. Her work engages with and challenges assumptions of black cultural expression and notions of belonging through experimental cinematography. Her work tests the boundaries of identity  through autoethnography to approach notions of racial authenticity in veins such as religion, style, language, and other black community based experiences.

“Change The Name” Presentation with Village Leadership Academy Youth 1:30-2pm
Last summer, young Black freedom fighters of the Change the Name Campaign achieved victory after a 3+ year long fight to rename Douglas Park after abolitionists Anna and Frederick Douglass. Hear from three 8th grade youth organizers from Village Leadership Academy as they share the campaign’s origin, some of their grassroots organizing strategies, and the importance of ensuring that Anna Douglass was included in the renaming campaign.

The Mural Renaissance In Chicago 2-3pm
Join us for a conversation with black muralists past and present as they discuss the parallels between murals and movements in Chicago. From The Wall of Respect to the recent BLM murals and boards, artists have always been at the helm of provoking change through painting. Join Dorian Sylvain, Eugene Wade, and Langston Allston in conversation with Juarez Hawkins.

Black Lives Past & Present: Where Do We Intersect? 3-4pm
Join us for a conversation with intergenerational activists for a dialogue about Civil Rights, organizing, and the parallels between movements of the past and our current day. Journalist, Brenda Butler, will moderate the talk between Rev. Janette Wilson, National Director of PUSH Excel, Operation PUSH, Bamani Obadele, Director of Community Engagement at Acclivus Inc., Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Director of Data at the Invisible Institute, and Jae Rice, Director of Communications at Brave Space Alliance.

Zoom Meeting ID: 843 3930 5758
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January 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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