The goal of the BLC is to bring light to the personal experiences of anyone who might consider themselves a Black woman in today’s society through a variety of programming.
Making Black History
Why do we celebrate Black History month? In 1976, U.S. President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” However, Black history does not live in the past, in reality, the history of Black people continuously rises to the surface of our everyday lives. Beginning as an annual observance for the remembrance of a select group of people and events in the history of the African diaspora, Black History month is limited. Making Black History is a year of eclectic and exciting programming that highlights the lives, successes and challenges of powerful and legendary Black leaders who are currently alive living and making progress for all people. Referencing Negro History week, created in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, Making Black History will have a strong emphasis on teaching the lives of American blacks in the nation’s history to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within the broader society.
The Sunday Home Series (SHS)
The Black woman’s experience is a complicated one and can be analyzed from a variety of lenses. Like many other social incubators, the Sunday Home Series (SHS) is an opportunity for participants to build relationships with one another through investigations of current events surrounding the black female experience and unpack personal biases in a supportive forum. BLC members volunteer and invite participants into their homes across the Chicagoland area for a monthly meal and group discussion.
While participants do not have to identify as a “black female,” it is expected that they are committed to the discourse of the black female experience.
As the network grows, it is our hope that new members will continue to participate and volunteer their homes and networks as hosts of future Sunday Home Series events.
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