Senator Steans


Dear Friends,


Each February, our nation celebrates Black History Month. Throughout history, African Americans have enriched our nation in many ways. During this month we honor the culture, the many achievements, and the important milestones of African Americans.


Many events take place throughout Chicago in celebration of Black History Month. Here are some events welcome to the community:




City Treasurer’s Black History Month Essay Competition
Deadline to enter: Tuesday February 11th
This essay competition is open to all senior high school CPS students who plan to enroll in an accredited two-four year institution of higher education in the fall of 2014. This year’s essay topic is to write about the most inspiring lesson we can learn from the life of Nelson Mandela. For more details click here.


Black Arts Expo
Wednesday February 12, 6:30PM
Loyola University Chicago’s Black Cultural Center
Damen Student Center, MPR North
6511 N. Sheridan Rd Chicago, IL
Join Loyola as students showcase poetry and a documentary in honor of Black History Month!


Loyola Park: Black History Month Celebration
Sunday February 23rd, 12:00PM-4:00PM
1230 W Greenleaf Ave Chicago, IL 60626
This event is free to the public and will be a celebration of the African American culture through live poetry, historical remembrances, music and refreshments. For more details click here.


Chicago Premiere of Hate Crimes in the Heartland: A Documentary - Black History Month National Tour
Tuesday February 25th 7:00PM
CDM Theatre 14 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604
Hate Crimes in the Heartland, a new documentary, explores the 250,000 hate crimes committed in the United States each year through the lens of two hate crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DePaul University will present the Chicago premiere of Hate Crimes in the Heartland. This screening includes a reception and a talk with national and local civil rights leaders. It is hosted by: The School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Visiting Artists Series, The President's Signature Series and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. The event is free but you must get tickets online prior to the event. For more details on how to attend click here.



Chicago Public Libraries are hosting various events celebrating Black History month. Below is a list of events they are hosting in the area. Be sure to click HERE if you wish to learn more about events at different libraries in the city.


Join author A.C. Barnes of The Promise Kept in a thought-provoking discussion on the origin of Black history and the connection of historical events that impacted the past and influence our lives today. For more details click here.


Art & The Great Migration for Kids
Thursday, February 9th 4:30-5:30PM
Rogers Park 6907 N. Clark Street, 60626 Artist Patrick Thompson presents an educational art program using books and art to explore the Great Migration in honor of African-American History Month. 
 Recommended for ages 5 and older. For more details click here.


Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois



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