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Evanston community members are invited to celebrate Black History Month at a variety of events in Evanston this February.
Feb. 7, 3 p.m. Stage reading of the play “Maya’s Last Poem,” Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road.
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 play “Maya’s Last Poem” by Tim Rhoze, featuring actors Jacqueline Williams and Joslyn Jones. The stage reading will be followed by a lively discussion about the play’s theme. Admission is free, and light snacks and beverages will be served.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m. An Evening of Conversation with Black Evanstonian History Makers Up Close, Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Gallery. Community members can be a part of the conversations with Evanston history makers Bennett Johnson and Gerri Sizemore. Admission is free, and light snacks and beverages will be served.
Feb. 23, 3 p.m. Legends of R&B Concert: A Soul-Stirring Tribute to Aretha, Etta and Luther, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
This concert stars powerhouse singers Qiana McNary (“Crowns”/Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert), Ricky Harris (“Crowns”), Mardra Thomas (“Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill”/”Crowns”) and The Reginald Thomas Band. Tickets are $30 online or $40 at the door. There will be a post-concert Hecky’s BBQ buffet.
Additional community events are being held at the Evanston Public Library and Northwestern University. Event details and more information can be found at cityofevanston.org/blackhistorymonth or by calling/texting 847-448-4311.