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Myrlie Evers-Williams and Nobel Peace Prize winner Warren M. Washington to honor MLK

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Northwestern University to present MLK-related public events mid- to late-January

EVANSTON, IL -  Myrlie Evers-Williams — a civil rights activist in 1963 when her activist husband Medgar Evers was infamously assassinated in Mississippi — will deliver the keynote speech Jan. 27 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Northwestern’s University’s weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Warren M. Washington will speak a week earlier, on Jan. 20 (MLK Day) at a candlelight vigil at Alice Millar Chapel.

Washington — the second African-American to receive a doctorate in atmospheric science — shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other scientists and Vice President Al Gore — for a landmark climate change assessment that provided vital information about man-made climate change.

Evers-Williams worked for more than three decades seeking justice for her slain husband, served as chair of the NAACP, wrote books on social justice and delivered the invocation address at President Obama’s second inauguration. She is the founder of the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, an organization that promotes education, training and economic development.

The University has suspended all classes on Monday, Jan. 20, for a University-wide, full-day observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Northwestern’s weeklong celebration in Evanston will include a panel discussion, a film screening of a documentary on King’s rise from regional activist to world-renowned civil rights leader; and a Swahili-style get-together with free food, student performances and more. The Jan. 27 campus observance featuring Evers-Williams also will include choral and jazz performances by Northwestern student groups.

The following Martin Luther King Jr. celebration events are free and open to the public:


Staged reading of “Mogadishu,” 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive. British playwright Vivienne Franzmann’s play dramatizes the experience of a white woman who teaches in a tough London secondary school. The play can be seen as a kind of stress test of multicultural education, with deeply problematic and tragic outcomes.

Campus Observance: Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil featuring Warren M. Washington, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road. Washington, an internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and climate researcher, was the second African-American to earn a doctorate in atmospheric sciences. He is a role model, mentor and inspiration for generations of young researchers from diverse backgrounds. Washington is a senior scientist and chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Cooperative Agreement at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the Climate Change Research Section. He has published close to 200 papers in professional journals, garnered dozens of national and international awards and served as a science advisor to former presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. For more on Washington, visit www.northwestern.edu/mlk/speaker-ev.html.

Civil Rights and Social Justice, “Calling All Voices,” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, McCormick Tribune Forum, 1870 Campus Drive. This panel discussion will be led by five Fellows from Northwestern’s Public Voices Fellowship. Panelists will share their thoughts on how a diversity of voices engaged in public discourse leads to greater social justice. The program will be co-moderated by Lawrence Stuelpnagel, assistant professor, and Michele Weldon, professor emerita-in-service, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication and director of the fellowship. A reception will follow. For more information, visit www.northwestern.edu/provost/initiatives/public-voices-fellowship/panel flyer.pdf.

Screening of “King: A Filmed Record,” 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive. A masterfully assembled film consisting mostly of archival footage without narration, “King” documents Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights activism from 1955 to 1968. Originally screened as a one-night-only event in 1970, the film has been restored by the Library of Congress so that future generations can better understand this remarkable and turbulent time in our nation’s recent past. From speeches to arrests, from the Montgomery bus protests to the shockwaves caused by his assassination, “King” is a powerful reminder of how far the civil rights movement has come, and a precious record of one of the greatest leaders in American history. Complimentary refreshments will be offered during intermission.

“Harambee,” 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, Norris University Center, Louis Room, 1999 Campus Drive. Swahili for “pull together,” Harambee is the annual kick-off event for Black History month. Co-sponsored by African American Student Affairs and For Members Only: Northwestern’s Black Student Alliance, the event includes free food, student performances and the presentation of this year’s Gardner/Exum Scholarship winners.

Campus Observance: Keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, observance at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. Following the history-making 1963 murder of her husband, Medgar Evers, Evers-Williams emerged as a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. For more than three decades, she has fought to carry on her late husband’s legacy, never relenting in her determination to change the face of race relations. She has become a symbol of courage and perseverance, steadfast in her march towards social justice by exposing generations of students to the cause for which her husband died. In addition to Evers-Williams’ keynote address, the campus observance will include choral and jazz performances by Northwestern students. Since there will be no keynote program on the Chicago campus this year, everyone is invited to attend the Evanston campus keynote event. Tickets are not required. Seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event.


The Chicago campus will be the site of a series of three (Jan. 21 to 23) law- and medicine-related panel discussions that will examine topics including minority communities the connection between women’s equality and reproductive rights, and civil rights. A related 5:30 p.m. reception on Jan. 24 will conclude the series.

“A Night Devoid of Stars: The Devastating Effect of Violence in Minority Communities” panel discussion, noon to 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, Arthur Rubloff Building, Room 150, 375 E. Chicago Ave. The program is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association. Lunch will be provided.

“A Right Denied? The Connection between Equality, Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health” panel discussion, noon to 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, Robert McCormick Hall, Room 195 (Strawn Hall), 350 E. Superior St. The event is co-sponsored by Northwestern’s Black Law Students Association, the Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Women’s Leadership Coalition. Lunch will be provided.

“The Wheels of Inevitability? An Examination of the Current Supreme Court’s Civil Rights Precedent” panel discussion, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Arthur Rubloff Building, Room 150, 375 E. Chicago Ave. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society.

DREAM Week Reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Northwestern Law School Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave. Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association. Advance responses are requested but not required at tinyurl.com/2014DREAMReception.


Also planned is a Day of Service from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in Evanston, and from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, in Chicago. Northwestern students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago. During lunch they will have an opportunity to reflect on their experiences.

For more information on these and other Northwestern events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. visit www.northwestern.edu/mlk/program-ev.html in Evanston or www.northwestern.edu/mlk/program-ch.html in Chicago.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

NAACP new report on diversity in banking industry; finds much room for improvement

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Baltimore, MD – The NAACP released findings from its Opportunities & Diversity Report Card: Consumer Banking Industry.  Details in the report highlight key areas where the banking industry can improve to ensure their workforce, leadership and suppliers adequately reflect the demographics of the United States.

Read the report here.

“Equal opportunity for people of color in the United States remains an unrealized goal,” stated Interim NAACP President and CEO Lorraine Miller. “The banking industry will add nearly 1 million jobs with a living wage and wealth generating opportunities over the next decade and more people of color are graduating with degrees in accounting, finance, IT, MBAs than ever before. We look forward to working with leading banks in strengthening their diversity and inclusion efforts and connecting more members of our communities to these opportunities.”

The report card, which is based on 2011 data, reveals top management positions remain firmly dominated by white employees, despite the development of programs to increase diversity and inclusion and dramatic increases in the number of minority college graduates entering the workforce over the past 20 years. Information submitted by banks during the survey period indicates that they continue to struggle with diversification in their supplier purchasing. 1.6 percent of banks’ supplier budget is the most any bank spent on African American suppliers and 5.3 percent is the most any bank spent on firms owned by people of color.
“During this period of high unemployment and declining wealth, which is even more pronounced for African Americans and other people of color, Americans need living wage jobs with long-term career tracks,” stated Dedrick Asante – Muhammad, NAACP Senior Director of Economic Department.

Information submitted by banks during the survey period also indicates many banks continue to create products which feature high cost credit or fee-based services. These high-cost products hurt the grades of several banks in this report.

“This thorough and accurate report could apply to many other industries as it illustrates the nation’s slowly evolving progress on race,” states Gary Bledsoe, NAACP Board Member and Chair of Housing Committee.  “However, we are pleased to acknowledge that 4 of the 5 institutions have adopted the NAACP’s Fair Lending Principles and have committed to work with us to ensure further progress.”

The NAACP’s Report Card graded the five largest banks (Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and US Bank) on three main criteria: 1) workforce and job advancement, 2) contracting and procurement, and 3) small dollar products.

Bank of America and Citibank both received an overall C+ grade—the highest ratings out of all the banks.

The release of this report card comes months before a new federal rule requires banks to set “metrics” and “percentages” for diversifying their workforces and supplier pools.  The federal rule will also advise banks on how to collect data detailing how much they spend on minority- and women-owned businesses.

“Both this report card and the federal rule are major steps in encouraging the banking industry to strengthen job creation and wealth building opportunities for minorities,” stated Leonard James, NAACP Board Member and Economic Development Chair. “The NAACP views the Opportunity & Diversity Report Card as a vehicle to provide baseline data in each industry surveyed and looks forwards to collaborating with these corporate leaders and diversity advocates over the next several years to advance industry diversity and inclusion, at all levels.”

The five banks surveyed and other leading banks will be invited to participate in an Opportunity & Diversity Summit in the next few months to discuss industry strategies for diversity and inclusion moving forward.

The Opportunity & Diversity Report Card: The Consumer Banking Industry is the second in a series of NAACP’s economic report cards on corporate diversity and inclusion.  The focus of the Opportunity and Diversity Report Card is to examine and grade the largest companies on their representation of African Americans and people of color as a whole with respect to workforce, supplier diversity and wealth building. In addition to grading corporations on their diversity, the report cards highlight opportunities in the industry and the specific programs designed to strengthen people of color’s full participation in the industry.

Attorney General Madigan names new Solicitor General

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that she has appointed Carolyn Shapiro to serve as the new Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General. She will succeed Michael Scodro, who will be joining the Chicago office of Jenner & Block as a partner in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice.

“I am very pleased to announce Carolyn Shapiro as our new Solicitor General,” Madigan said. “Carolyn brings a tremendous depth of knowledge of the law and exceptional experience as a U.S. Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals law clerk. The people of the state of Illinois will benefit from her expertise.”

Shapiro joins Madigan’s office from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she has served as Associate Professor of Law. Shapiro was the founding director of Chicago-Kent’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Prior to becoming a law professor, Shapiro practiced as an associate at Miner, Barnhill & Galland in civil rights practice, and she was a Skadden Fellow with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

After receiving her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, Shapiro clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago and a master’s degree at the university’s Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies.

As Solicitor General, Shapiro will oversee more than 40 attorneys in Madigan’s Appellate Division who work on behalf of the state, its officers and agencies. The Solicitor General oversees attorneys’ work in the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court and the federal and state appellate courts. The Solicitor General also serves as a legal advisor to the Attorney General.

Questions and concerns about work-at-home jobs remain high, says the Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Unemployed individuals who are looking for work or those looking to change jobs often renew their efforts with the start of the new year. Work-at-home jobs look appealing to those looking for employment because they offer great pay for little labor. The problem is that most of these are scams. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) offers those looking for new employment opportunities some tips so that they don’t get burned in hunting work-at-home jobs.

“There were 17,478 inquiries to the BBB in 2013 about work-at-home companies. These scams were listed at number two on our Top 10 Scams List of 2013,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The number of inquiries last year show that job seekers are being more cautious. However, the number of individuals who fell victim to these scams remained steady.”

A recent example of a pricey work-at-home scam that was caught by the FTC is a telemarketing scam that targeted Hispanic consumers. Contacted by phone, they were promised they could make money by reselling high-end brand named goods. Rather than being sent high-end products, after they had paid the delivery person (cash on delivery), they discovered the products they received were unusable.

To avoid falling victim to work-at-home scams, the BBB suggests you look out for the following warning signs:

  • Companies that use personal testimonials but never identify the person.
  • Exaggerated claims of potential earnings, profits, full-time or part-time earnings at part time hours.
  • Company claims “inside” information.
  • Requirements of money for instructions or products before telling you how the plan works.
  • Claims of “no experience necessary.”
  • Assurances of guaranteed markets and there is a huge demand for your handiwork.

Always check out a company before making any decisions. For more information on this and other scams, visit www.bbb.org

Veteran Journalist to head Community Media Workshop

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Veteran journalist, editor and strategist Susy Schultz is taking over as executive director of the Community Media Workshop. After 25 years at the helm of the Community Media Workshop, co-founder and president Thom Clark is stepping aside from day-to-day management of the nonprofit based at Columbia College Chicago.

“Susy will bring a wealth of energy, experience and ideas to crafting the next chapter of the Workshop’s core work in building the capacity of organizations to tell their stories more effectively,” Clark said. “She deeply understands how contextual journalism helps us all understand our world better and how important it is to get under-represented voices into the public square of civic life.”

“I am excited about leading the Community Media Workshop through its next stage,” Schultz said. “Now more than ever Chicago and the region need what the Workshop provides to area nonprofits and working journalists as we all journey through the shifting media landscape.”

Schultz has worked for newspapers, a wire service, websites, and magazines covering politics, health care, business and parenting for the Chicago Sun-Times (where she and Clark first met) The Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Tribune, New York Times Syndicate and Chicago Parent. She has also worked as a public information office for a federal agency and the city’s department of public health. She was communications director at the Chicago Foundation for Women. Most recently, she was managing editor for The Daily Journal in Kankakee and now teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

Clark will assist Schultz in her transition this month into her new role at the Workshop, through the organization’s 25th anniversary Studs Terkel Community Media Awards (March 6 at Columbia ‘s Film Row Cinema), and will continue his work as a nonprofit communications trainer. Next week he leads the Workshop’s signature training, Professional Media Relations. Clark will provide consulting services to the Workshop and other nonprofits. A book on his activist past is also in the works.

The Community Media Workshop trains nonprofits to use communications more effectively to forward their missions. Through training workshops, conferences and media forums, it helps organizations understand how to move from proposalese and jargon to effective storytelling. The Workshop also works with journalists to enrich their reporting with better sourcing and context on community issues. Its recent research on the shifting media landscape can be found at http://chicagonewnews.org/.

Photo Caption:  Susy Schultz

Miss Black Florida USA, Shirley Alabre, raising awareness about heart disease

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Shirley Alabre is Miss Black Florida USA 2014, and her platform is heart disease awareness and promoting literacy in children. As Miss Black Florida USA, Shirley promotes and supports the “Heart Truth” campaign through different charitable events, raising awareness on this life threatening disease and how it affects women.

Almost half of women remain unaware that heart disease is their leading cause of death and most fail to make the connection between its risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and their personal risk of developing heart disease.

The “Heart Truth” campaign created and introduced the Red Dress(SM) as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women – heart disease is largely preventable. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. On National Wear Red Day, February 7 Americans nationwide will wear a red dress, red shirt, or red tie to show support for women and heart disease awareness.

Alabre graduated from Florida Atlantic University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her M.A. Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She now teaches primary education and hopes to one day open her own state of the art learning center.

She is also an active member of Leaders Recognizing Leaders Inc., which is a non-profit organization with a mission to teach young people ages 15-25 how to be leaders and young diplomats, reshaping their mindset for community service, educational development and global communication in local, national and international communities.

For more details about Shirley Alabre, visit www.MissBlackFloridaUSA.com or www.facebook.com/missblackflorida2014

To book her for an event, please send inquiries to: missblackfloridausa2014@gmail.com

For more information about the “Heart Truth” campaign, visit www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

Photo Caption: Shirley Alabre, Miss Black Florida USA
Photo credit: Bill Keefrey

Dr. King, a great man and visionary – Sec’y of State Jesse White

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(A Message from Illinois Sec’y of State Jesse White)

Government offices, schools and many private-sector businesses in Illinois and across the country will take Monday off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While this is an honorable gesture to pay tribute to a trailblazer of the civil rights movement, I want to encourage everyone to take a moment on Monday to reflect on the immeasurable contributions and philosophy of Dr. King — a great man and visionary who stood for equality, rejected discrimination and segregation, and who did so in a nonviolent fashion.

I first met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when I was a student at Alabama State College – now Alabama State University – in Montgomery, Ala., in the early 1950s. Coming from Chicago to Montgomery brought challenges and frustrations due to the racial climate in the south. African-Americans were prohibited from drinking at certain water fountains and using certain washrooms, weren’t allowed to choose which seat on a bus to sit on and were banned from eating at many restaurants. African-American students faced the inequality of a segregated school system.

During my time at Alabama State College, I attended a small church in northern Montgomery where Dr. King served as pastor. Dr. King the man, as well as his philosophy of equality and charitable behavior, made such an impression on me as a college student and have served as a prominent influence in my life to this day. Dr. King demonstrated how one man with a dream could impact society and improve the quality of life for untold millions.

I established the Jesse White Tumblers 54 years ago as a way to give back to the community and help those in need of guidance. I became a teacher and a public servant in large part to help others. The influence of Dr. King on my life cannot be overstated. In fact, I cannot imagine having become the first African-American to hold the office of Illinois Secretary of State without Dr. King’s influence on me and on greater society.

I espouse several philosophies in life that emulate Dr. King. Never discriminate or dislike someone because of race, creed or color. Do something good for someone every day. And when you become successful in life, give back to those less fortunate.

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I urge everyone to reflect on the impact that Dr. King has had on their lives, and how each of us can strive to better promote fairness, compassion and nonviolence towards others.


Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State

Performances of Fifth Annual Garage Rep begin February 14, 2014 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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Line-Up includes The New Colony, Prologue Theatre Company and Walkabout Theater, as well as Late-Night, Cross-Genre

CHICAGO, IL – Performances of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s fifth annual Garage Rep are scheduled to begin February 14, 2014, featuring The New Colony’s world-premiere production of reWILDing Genius, Prologue Theatre Company’s Chicago-premiere production of Saturday Night/Sunday Morning and Walkabout Theater Company’s world-premiere production of The Wild. These innovative storefront companies perform in rotating repertory for ten weeks through April 20, 2013 (press performances are March 8 and 9, 2014). Performances are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday in the Garage Theater (1624 N Halsted St); a full performance schedule, including the line-up for Late Night @ Garage Rep, follows. Garage Rep single tickets ($20) and three-play passes ($45), as well as Late Night single tickets ($5) are on sale now through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Rep 2014 Line-up

(All plays, artists and dates are subject to change)

The New Colony presents

reWILDing Genius

By Andrew Hobgood and Megan Johns

Directed by Andrew Hobgood

Featuring Will Cavedo, Caitlin Chuckta, Sarah Gitenstein, Evan Linder, Morgan McNaught, Wes Needham and Stephanie Shum

World Premiere

“We wanted to create a show about Millennials, for Millennials, by Millennials—so reWILDing Genius is probably one of the most personal shows we have ever created. The opportunity to work with Steppenwolf to develop it even further into the kind of no-holds-barred experience they are known for is absolutely incredible,” notes New Colony Co-Artistic Director Andrew Hobgood.

An Uptown Chicago loft becomes a breeding ground for young minds looking to change the world. Self-identified geniuses, cybervigilantes, hacktivists and anarchists cast off the laws of the land as they attempt to alter Humanity’s fate. As these Millennials plot against enemies and build complex data schemes, reWILDing Genius asks how far is too far in our quest to save us from ourselves.

The creative team for reWILDing Genius includes William Boles (scenic design), Curtis Cassell (costume design), Sarah Hughey (lighting design), Nick Kawahara (sound design), Kent Cubbage (projections design), Jenny Pinson (properties design), Sarah Collonge (stage manager), Geno Franco (production manager), Christopher Kristant (technical director), Christopher Chmelik (dialect coach), Ben Kaye (assistant director), William Glick (script supervisor) and Jesse Roth (dramaturg).

The New Colony (Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder, Co-Artistic Directors; Sarah Gitenstein, Associate Artistic Director; Stephanie Shum, Managing Director), the 2011 recipient of the Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award, strives to contribute original material to the American artistic canon and develop a new kind of theater going audience. Through collaboration with emerging artists of all disciplines, The New Colony continually develops new work and fresh perspectives. With the goal of exploring enticing subject matter and the common language of experience, The New Colony will cultivate the next generation of arts supporters. thenewcolony.org.

Prologue Theatre Company presents

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

By Katori Hall

Directed by TaRon Patton

Featuring Angela Alise, Kona Burks, McKenzie Chinn, Jennifer Glasse, Earliana McLaurin, Kyra Morris, Tyrone Marcus Phillips, Michael Pogue and Krenee A. Tolson

Chicago Premiere

“Prologue is ecstatic to be a part of Garage Rep 2014, and we can’t wait to collaborate with Steppenwolf and the other visiting companies” comments Prologue Artistic Director Angela Alise. “We consider it a great honor to present the Chicago premiere of Katori Hall’s play Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. The humor and language of this play will grab you from the very start. This show will be unlike anything you have seen in the Garage in the past, and we can’t wait to see how Saturday Night/Sunday Morning touches audiences.”

Memphis, 1945: Miss Mary’s beauty parlor and boarding house is alive and hopping—full of young African American women primping their hair and telling stories of their soldiers overseas. But as the final days of WWII approach, the women wrestle with the uncertainty of what the future will hold when—and if—their men return. Hilarious and historical, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning is a story about finding friendship and love in unexpected places.

The creative team for Saturday Night/Sunday Morning includes Yu Shibagaki (scenic design), Beth Laske-Miller (costume design), Sarah Hughey (lighting design), Curtis Powell (sound design), Sarah Burnham (properties design), Leonicia Berry Bongorno (assistant director/stage manager), Anthony Rodriguez (assistant stage manager), Jennifer McClendon (production manager), Christopher Kristant (technical director) and Margaret Lebron (dramaturg).

Prologue Theatre Company (Angela Alise, Artistic Director; Amanda Renee King, Managing Director) was incorporated in 2008, and is currently in its fifth season of producing untold historical stories from underrepresented voices. Prologue was founded in response to what we saw as an intense segregation within Chicago’s theatrical community, and a desire to help build a more diverse and complete understanding of America’s historical and dramatic canon. We produce new and forgotten works, focusing on the experiences of women, people of color and LGBTQ populations that have relevance to current issues.


Walkabout Theater Company presents

The Wild

Directed by Thom Pasculli

Dramaturgy by Kendra Miller

Created with Nigel Brown, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Al Evangelista, Cooper Forsman, Katie Mazzini, Dana Murphy and Paul Scudder

World Premiere

“Walkabout was drawn to the Garage Rep and Steppenwolf through our shared beliefs in ensemble, innovation and citizenship,” notes Walkabout Artistic Director Kendra Miller. “We’re excited to bring our rigorous training practice and laboratory theater devising process to the Garage as part of an on-going conversation with Chicago about the potential of live performance and how it challenges us to surpass our expectations of ourselves.”

Rhythmic, muscular and full of risk, The Wild is the world premiere of a devised laboratory theater performance based on the words of playwright Charles Mee, Dionysian rituals and a pulsing mix of global folk performance. Walkabout Theatre Company examines what happens to people when institutions crumble and deities fail to show up.

The creative team for The Wild includes Stephanie Pasculli (scenic design), Paul Scudder and ensemble (costume design), Delia Baseman (costume advisor), Sarah Hughey (lighting design), Cooper Forsman and Andrew Rovner (sound design), Mikhail Fiksel (sound consultant), Al Evangelista and ensemble (choreography), Glenn Potter (production manager), Christopher Kristant (technical director), Dina Klahn (production stage manager) and Katie Mazzini (rehearsal stage manager).

Since 1999, Walkabout Theater Company (Kendra Miller, Artistic Director; Thom Pasculli, Associate Artistic Director; Lauren Sivak, Managing Director) has performed and produced new site-specific and experimental work in Chicago, challenging traditional theatrical models of production, performance, narrative and story. Through active exploration of the theatrical form and the architecture in which theater is created, Walkabout seeks to deepen the connection between the artist and the Chicago community. walkabouttheater.org.

The 2014 line-up also features Late Night @ Garage Rep, a series of late-night, cross-genre performances, every Thursday night at 11pm starting March 6. The After Party includes performances by Salonathon (March 6); the play with music, Duo: 1 Is 1, 2 Is Math (March 13); Kevin Coval and Young Chicago Authors (March 20); James Anthony Zoccoli’s Wiggerlover [whiteboy+blackdad=greyareas] (March 27); Ian Belknap’s one-man Bring Me The Head Of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash In The Narrow And Misshapen Pot Of His Skull (April 3); The Gift Theatre’s improv group, Natural Gas (April 10); and Chicago Dance Crash’s Follow The Reader (April 17). Full schedule on the following page.

Single tickets ($20) and three-play passes ($45) to Garage Rep 2014 are currently on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. Student Discounts: a limited number of $15 student tickets are available online using promo code “GARAGEREP15”. Limit 2 tickets per student; must present a valid student ID for each ticket. For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students. Group Tickets: all groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org/groups.

Since the inaugural repertory in 2010, Garage Rep has brought the work of 12 storefront theater companies in Chicago to the Steppenwolf stage, including: The Twins Would Like To Say by Dog & Pony Theatre Company, punkplay by Pavement Group and Adore by XIII Pocket in 2010; Heddatron by Sideshow Theatre Company, The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen by The Strange Tree Group and Sonnets for an Old Century by UrbanTheater Company in 2011; Hit the Wall by The Inconvenience, Oohrah! by LiveWire Chicago and He Who by Theatre Zarko in 2012; and See What I Wanna See by Bailiwick Chicago, She Kills Monsters by Buzz22 Chicago and BlackTop Sky by Theatre Seven of Chicago in 2013. Garage Rep 2014 marks the fifth annual series, adding The New Colony, Prologue Theatre Company and Walkabout Theater Company to the distinguished list of Garage Rep participants.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees.

For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Military personnel to urge more support for school transition

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Lt. Governor Simon committee to hear recommendations for improvements

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will discuss how schools treat children in military families with military school liaison officers on Wednesday during a quarterly meeting of the state’s Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee in Springfield.

“Military families often are asked to move to a new state and we need to help them adjust to their new communities,” Simon said. “This hearing will start a conversation on where Illinois schools are doing well, and where we could be more responsive to students.”

The IMBSEDC hearing will feature a presentation by military school liaison officers regarding the Illinois Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act, which is modeled on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. Key education transition issues will be discussed, including how to strengthen school policies regarding enrollment, placement in classes and extracurricular activities, access to kindergarten, and graduation requirements.

Simon serves as the chair of the IMBSEDC which coordinates the state’s activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois. Simon is committed to protecting the state’s military operations, installations, and the families of those who selflessly serve our state and country.

African American novelist writes a book about gun violence in America

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Carla P. J. Livingston Reveals the reality of angels forewarning Americans about guns

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) – Carla P. J. Livingston got so frustrated with gun violence in our country; she wrote a novel about angels visiting America in the midst of various tragedies. The San Francisco native who is an inspiring Christian author is a realist who shares horrific experiences that destroys families in America through gun violence. After several tragic stories actually hit national news, Livingston put her previous completed manuscript aside to write, and then published Angels against Gun Violence in America.

“After the death of Trayvon Martin, then Haydia Pendleton, I just got so frustrated, so I created a fiction story about angels visiting America in the midst of imaginable tragedies.” said Carla P. J. Livingston. “It’s bad enough you have to face evil from people on the job or on the school campus while we hear about these tragic stories in the news. It’s as though some people do not care, they refuse to have love, peace and unity. It seems like nobody takes heed to the lives gone, after senseless confrontations ending in gun violence. We hear about it in the news, and then people seem to quickly forget as though it’s not important. Therefore, I imagined angels taking my pain away by visiting me in this story through interesting characters and discouraging them from using guns to solve their problems.”

In the future, Carla P. J. Livingston plans to tour around the country to speak to schools, churches and at various political events about gun violence and what we can do to stop it.

About Angels Against Gun Violence in America

Angels Against Gun Violence in America is an interesting Christian suspense novel about various people across America who had visitations with angels who were forewarned about possession of guns. This page turner points out the reality of angels and some of them were once actual human beings who once lived in America. They turned into angels and came back to earth whenever there was a tragedy about to occur. The novel is about certain tragedies that affect black families and how it destroys unity and love in relationships. It depicts that there is certainly an afterlife and that if these souls ignored the voice of angels, they would reap the consequences, eternally. Certain fiction characters turned to guns to solve their problems and angels were there to stop them. The main characters are two senators, on white and one black are in love with the same woman, but their conflict could cause a tragedy. They are in debate over gun possession while fighting to govern the state of Texas. Although, it is a Christian suspense novel, it deals with the reality within our society.

About the Author, Carla P. J. Livingston

Carla P. J. Livingston is a native of San Francisco, California. She is a dog lover and has a deep concern for strayed animals. She loves to create fiction stories in her spare time. She also is in the process of forming her outreach ministry to care about the homeless and those who have been and are still prison inmates. For more details about Livingston’s novel, Angels Against Gun Violence in America, visit www.CarlaPJLivingston.com.

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