Earth Day 2013
SACRED KEEPERS EARTH DAY 2013
A DAY OF SERVICE & CELEBRATION
Sat. April 20th, 9a-3p
Earth Day Service &
Potluck Garden Picnic
31st Street Beach Clean Up, 9:30a-12:30p
Garden Potluck Picnic, 1:30p-3p
Kappa Alpha Theta
BVIC wishes to thank ladies of Epsilon Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta for spending their day of service with us. You were wonderful !
Come back and see us again soon! -
The Management and Staff of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center
Wild Indigo Nature Exploration
The Audubon Society, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and Eden Place Nature Center present Wild Indigo Nature Explorations. Wild Indigo Nature Explorations promotes healthy bodies, healthy communities, and a healthy planet through free outdoor field trips and activities. Participants have the chance to see the natural beauty of the Calumet Region and play an active role in restoring the prairies and forests to their natural conditions.
Wild Indigo Nature Explorations Goals:
- Showcase local nature as a friendly, accessible place
- Build healthy bodies and healthy natural habitats
- Celebrate the miracle of creation
- Discover beautiful wild places on Chicago’s south side
- Appreciate natural treasures close to home
- Promote stewardship
The explorations provide fun and easy outdoor activities for all adults, and for families with children aged 8 and older. Safely enjoy nature and help it at the same time.
Stories of the Migration
Join us in October in welcoming Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson to the Chicago Cultural Center for a reading from "The Warmth of Other Suns"
“The Warmth of Other Suns”, a history of the Great Migration -- the mass movement of six million African Americans from the south to the north in the middle decades of the twentieth century – told through the lives of three people who joined the exodus.
....Ida Mae Gladney worked alongside her share-cropper husband in Mississippi’s cotton fields, desperately poor people living in one of the most oppressive places in America, until a night of violence in October 1937 convinced them that they couldn’t take it anymore. Within a couple of days they were on their way to Chicago. Eight years later George Swanson Starling got into trouble trying to unionize fruit pickers in central Florida. Fearing for his life he fled to New York. And on Easter Monday 1953 Robert Joseph Pershing Foster, MD – a product of Morehouse, Meharry Medical School, and the Army medical corps -- packed up his practice in Monroe, Louisiana and headed west, determined to trade the humiliations of Jim Crow for the freedom of southern California.
see more at the Chicago Tribune
Tour Season 2013
For the current tourism season, we will be featuring the tour " From Civil War to Civil Rights to the White House and Beyond".
Join us in celebrating a true slice of the American Dream!
The Race begins...
Bronzeville pitches Michael Reese site for Presidential Library
Harold Lucas - Black Metropolis Convention and Tourism Council
The Black Metropolis Convention and Tourism Council sees the Presidency as an economic development tool. A powerful tourism engine that can bring economic activity to a community that is rebuilding, and the added economic boost to a burgeoning internationaurism destination.
"This area tells the story of Chess Records, gospel music, blues and jazz, electrified by Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters," said Harold Lucas, president of the Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council in Bronzeville. "When people come to Chicago, that's what they want to see. They want to see the birthplace of Mr. Obama's political career." ( 12/25/2012 - Chicago Tribune)
Barack Obama's acquisition of a second term with greater than 50% of the popular vote, the passing of the Affordable Care act and other significant actions throughout the first 4 years accord him his place among the historical greats on the Bronzeville walk of fame and it would be fitting to have an entrance to his library and a walk of fame star off of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
Because Obama is the first African-American president, his library would have unique historical significance and likely would become one of the nation's most popular attractions, according to experts on presidential libraries. It also would provide a platform from which Obama could continue or expand the work he began as president. ( 12/25/2012 - Chicago Tribune)
We want to be clear that we understand his library location is his choice. We also believe that there is no better choice than Bronzeville. From the Great Migration to the American Presidency is a quintessential american story, with its substance located squarely in the south side of Chicago. From Jesse Binga to Elsie Higgenbottom, or Harold Washington to Barack Obama is a story worth telling in Bronzeville.
Bike Share in Bronzeville
Bike share, not white share: can Chicago’s program achieve diversity? - The Community expresses its interest.
Eboni Hawkins (standing right in photo) from www.redbikeandgreen.org provides a power-point presentation on the demographics and culture of bicycles, at the Bronzeville Bike Infrastructure meeting on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 12 noon, at the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center.
Eboni Senai Hawkins, founder of the local chapter of Red Bike and Green, a group that promotes cycling among African Americans, recently met with Kubly ( CDOT deputy director) to discuss the diversity issue. “He definitely seems concerned and he wants to see an equitable distribution of bike share across the city,” she says. Hawkins notes that, in many black and Latino communities on the South and West Sides, destinations are farther apart than in dense North Side neighborhoods, which makes bike commuting more challenging. She adds that the city needs to do more outreach to educate Chicagoans about how to use bike share, choose comfortable cycling routes and combine bike trips with transit. “That kind of thing doesn't come easily to everybody.”
“I want to see as many bike assets on the South Side as possible,” says Bernard Loyd, a real estate developer who lives in the neighborhood and pedaled to the meeting. “Bike share can potentially make cycling much more accessible to people in Bronzeville.”
Bike friendly Chicago
From the Neighborhood Scribe..... (click for story)
The new protected curbside bike lanes cropping up across the city is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s grand plan of creating a bike friendly Chicago.
As part of that plan, the city is establishing a bike share program that allows individuals to pick up and drop off bikes at kiosks planted throughout the city for a fee. The program cost $75 for a yearly membership, but allows daily passes for $7 for 30 minute trips. The city hopes to get the bike share program off and rolling next spring in 26 city wards.
City officials speaking at a November 7th community meeting at the Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Ave., touted the program as a healthy low-cost transportation option that can be tied to job creation. City officials contend the bike share program will create 150 permanent jobs in addition to temporary construction jobs. The program will be self-sustaining through membership fees and sponsored advertising.
For the full story....click here
Jazz at BVIC
Jazz @ BVIC
Approximately 80 avid jazz lovers converged on the Bronzeville Visitor
Information Center in the historic Supreme Life building on Saturday
evening October 27, 2012, to listen to original jazz compositions
being played live by The New Composers Ensemble.
The New Composers Ensemble jazz sextet consisted of Paris Smith on
piano, Fred Chapman on Drums, Fredrick Key on bass, Carol Seawall
vocalist, Enouch Williamson on percussions and Shelton Salley on
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