Let’s Talk Chicago!: Juneteenth 2022 Dialogue Series
1. Juneteenth Celebration with Clint Smith
Clint Smith will discuss his book How the Word Is Passed in conversation with Candace Moore, City of Chicago Chief Equity Officer and Dr. Obari Cartman, President of the Chicago Association of Black Psychologists. The conversation will be moderated by WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore.
When? 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16
Chicago Public Library’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE8pQ7ZYzs_Aq_fa0mweJGw
CPL’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chipublib/
Organizer(s): Chicago Public Libraries
2. Black Brown Dialogue: The Southern Route Of The Underground Railroad Afro Descendant’s’ Migration To Mexico
Following the Black and Brown Dialogue 2021 success, the Consulate General of México in Chicago, the City of Chicago initiative Together We Heal, and Malcom X College join forces to honor Juneteenth and celebrate the African roots that unite Mexico and the United States. This event will be built around a panel discussion on the less-known southbound route used by some African Americans seeking freedom from slavery. This route went from Texas into Mexico and represented a new “promised land” for many. We seek to explore the legacy this diaspora left in Mexico, and enrich the conversation about our shared history.
When: 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22
Where? Virtual from Malcolm X College
Mexican Consulate of Chicago’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Consulmex
Organizer(s): Consulate General of México in Chicago, Malcom X College and the Office of Equity and Racial Justice
3. Intersections in the Fight for Freedom: Ubuntu Center Chicago talks Juneteenth
This dialogue will provide background and insights on the contributions of Same Gender Loving men and women toward the Black freedom movement after the establishment of the Juneteenth holiday. This history sits at the foundation of subsequent efforts by Black gay men and women in having a liberation day here in Chicago that eventually became the gay pride parade. The dialogue will also cover the work of the organization, Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays (CBLG), the first and only Same Gender Loving organization that has marched in Chicago’s Bud Billiken Day Parade.
- When? 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23
- Where? In-Person and virtual
- In-person at DuSable Museum of African American History, Ames Auditorium, 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637; Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intersections-in-the-fight-for-freedom-ubuntu-center-talks-juneteenth-tickets-360721005237
- Virtual stream at Ubuntu Center of Chicago’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UBUNTUCenterofChicago
- Organizers? Ubuntu Center Chicago, DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Chicago’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice
4. Dr. Taylor’s Table: Juneteenth Episode
CDPH’s bi-weekly Instagram Live talk program to is hosted by Dr. Erica Taylor, who is the medical director for congregate settings at CDPH. The program seeks to create a safe space for the Black community to discuss regarding health disparities, health care, wellness, mental health, and other related issues. Dr. Taylor will be joined by TJ Crawford who will be discussing Juneteenth and ESPN author Scoop Jackson to discuss his book “A Game is not a Game ” along with the topics of Black Culture and fatherhood.
- When: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16
- Where: Virtual
- CDPH’s Instagram: @chipublichealth
- Organizer(s): Chicago Department of Public Health
5. Black Culture Wellness: Can Authentic Black Culture Heal Black communities?
This lunchtime dialogue will invite participants to learn about the concept of “Black Culture Wellness” including how the concept was developed and how local Chicago leaders would like to use it to guide the growth of safe and vibrant Black communities. Participants will also be asked for their feedback and ideas about what aspects of Black culture are most important to connect with to help shape some of the emergent strategies community leaders are working on in partnership with Community Safety Coordination Center and the Office of Equity and Racial Justice.
When? 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 28th
Where? Virtual, register in advance for this meeting: https://cityofchicago-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvce2urTwrHtWxVmPgiEOje2D_O6p6ue9p
Organizer(s): Black Culture Collaborative and the Office of Equity and Racial Justice