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Celebrate Black History Month in February! 

Black History Month

Local organizations and groups are invited to submit Black History Month events and programs for posting on the City of Evanston's website. Information should be sent to communications@cityofevanston.org.

Events will be posted as soon as they are submitted. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 3-28- “Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston: A Mosaic of Human Community”

In recognition of the 2018 Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and numerous Evanston churches and organizations have worked in collaboration to create this community project. Ten stations across Evanston from February 3-28 will explore and discuss key historical moments and movements in Black lives. For more information, visit https://mosaicofhumancommunity.com/

Feb. 5 - Haven Middle School and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre production "Dear Ruby"

7 p.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Some of Evanston’s youngest and most talented theatre artists will perform a celebration of Black History with an original production about young Civil Rights activist Ruby Bridges. All ages are welcome. 

Feb. 12 - Black Evanstonian History Makers Up Close

7 p.m., Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Second Floor

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Shorefront are hosting a special meet and greet evening with former mayor Lorraine H. Morton, former City of Evanston council member Delores Holmes, entrepreneur/activist Hecky Powell, and others.  On this evening we will bring together just a few of the many Black Evanstonians who forged a better path for a community in need of hope and change. Bring your children to this historical event so they can meet these extraordinary people up close. A reception with light snacks and beverages will be served after the presentation.

Feb. 16 - Friday Night Movies: "Rejoice & Shout"

7 p.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

This movie offers a look at gospel music and its relationship to African American identity and Christianity. The run time is 115 mins. Popcorn is included!

Feb. 17, 18, & 24 - "Liberty City" by April Yvette Thompson 

 7 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

A multi-character solo performance inspired by the playwright’s family’s journey through the end of the Black Power Movement. Featuring Dionne Addis and directed by Jonathan Wilson.

Feb. 19 - Selected Performances of 100 Acts of Resistance

7 p.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre 

Do we know each other? Do we see each other? Can we listen to one another? Connect with one another? Transcend our differences and unite for the bigger cause? 100 Acts of Resistance, conceived by MPACCT’s artistic director Reginal Lawrence, taps the talents of Chicagoland’s diverse performing artist community to explore acts of resistance, large and small, through an array of eclectic performances. It’s a chance to leave the echo chamber of our own personal politics. A chance to listen, connect with our diverse communities, examine our collective struggles, and investigate our strategies to transcend the divisiveness that dominates the national conversation.

Feb. 23 -  Friday Night Movies: "A Ballerina's Tale"

 7 p.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

Black ballerina Misty Copeland is profiled in this documentary, which explores her career, her recovery from a serious injury, and the lack of diversity in the world of dance. The film is directed by Nelson George and the run time is 88 mins.. Popcorn is included!

Feb. 24 - Le Tour de Noir, 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the third annual tour of Black-owned Evanston businesses followed by a Business Expo. Details will be posted as they are confirmed. Learn more.

Feb. 25 - The History of Jazz

 3 p.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. 

A lecture on the history of jazz and concert featuring The Donovan Mixon Jazz Ensemble.

Feb. 26 - Red Summer: A Staged Reading

 7 p.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Chicago in the summer of 1919 experienced seven of the bloodiest days in America’s history with boiling heat, sweltering racial tensions, cold politics, a housing crisis, an immigrant crisis, and an employment crisis. What could possibly go wrong? Red Summer takes a look at the toxic stew that Chicago has been simmering for more than a century. This event is presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain and MPACCT Theatres. 

Feb. 27 - “Black Theater: The Making Of A Movement”

7 p.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St

Black Theatre Alliance Awards, Inc. and FJT present the documentary film celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Negro Ensemble Company. The film was produced by Woodie King Jr.  and the run time is 120 mins. There will be a pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn is included!

Feb. 28 - Closing Plenary, “Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston: A Mosaic of Human Community”

6 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Avenue

A closing worship and plenary will be led by Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors and culminate in a celebration of music led by Kelly Tiebout and La’Quentin Jenkins of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary featuring a community mass choir of local Black churches and Northwestern and Garrett-Evangelical students, local community ensembles, and featured guest soloists.