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Evanston community members are invited to celebrate Black History Month at a variety of events in Evanston this February.

“Black Evanstonian History Makers Up Close”

Monday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Gallery, 2nd floor, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (FJT) and Shorefront present a conversation with FJT founder Gloria Bond Clunie; “Big” Sam Johnson, owner of the Church Street Barbershop; and ETHS honor student Chloe Smith.

This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

“The Whipping Man” stage reading

Sunday, February 10, 3 p.m.
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 2nd Floor Gallery, 927 Noyes St.

The Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will host the stage reading of the emotionally potent play, “The Whipping Man,” by Matthew Lopez. The stage reading will be followed by a lively discussion about the play’s themes.

This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

“All Hail The Queen”

Sunday, February 24, 3 p.m.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

This is a soul-stirring tribute concert to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, featuring the powerhouse singer Qiana McNary and The McNary Experience Band.

Advanced tickets are $20 online at fjtheatre.com and $30 at the door. Attendees can enjoy a post-concert reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres.

For more information and events, visit cityofevanston.org/blackhistorymonth or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.