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Past events: 2016-17 Academic year

EVENTS FROM THE 2016-17 ACADEMIC YEAR

JULY 2017 EVENTS

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm-8pm

Join an evening of sharing meaningful, fun, funny, poignant, or otherwise moving spoken word.

Each month, hostess Pamela Blair opens the microphone to let those who want to share their words. Whether you have something to say or want to sit back, snap, and enjoy, you'll find an evening of wonderful people and great poetry.

This event is free, and participation by those over the age of 16 is encouraged.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Treasure Hunt North
10am-2pm

Join our neighbors along the West Washington neighborhood for Treasure Hunt North, complete with treasure hunts for antiques, historical treasures, and children's prizes! From the Kizer Mansion and The History Museum, west to the CRHC, north to the SB Cemetery, and then east to St Paul's Memorial.



JUNE 2017 EVENTS

Thursday, June 29, 2017

crhc:lecture Series | 'Black Lives (Should) Matter' to Everyone
6pm-7:30pm

The final lecture in the "Race and Social Movements" lecture series will provide an ideological framework for why the BLM movement is central to the liberation of all people. It will argue that the intersectionality of race, class, and gender, and gender identity is fundamental to the creation of a truly humanistic society grounded in equity and inclusion. This final lecture will serve as a way of observing the thread that runs through past efforts for social, economic, and political justice and argue that this contemporary movement represents a continuation of past struggles.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm-8pm

Each month, hostess Pam Blair welcomes a mix of voices to share their beautiful words.

The Poetry Den is an open mike poetry slam where amateur, professional, developing, and seasoned poets take the stage. Maybe you have some words to share? Come and sign up. Perhaps you prefer to sit, listen, and snap your fingers? Please do! No matter how you’re most comfortable, you’ll find a wonderful and supportive group of poets and audience members eager to enjoy great spoken word.

This event is free and participation by those over the age of 16 is strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Pam Blair at mapblair@yahoo.com.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

crhc:lecture Series | The Rise and Subversion of the Black Power Movement
6pm-7:30pm

This lecture will examine the mechanisms by which the Black Panther Party became a national leader and international inspiration for liberation. It will explore the organizational structure and political writings of its leaders as a way of understanding its rise as a vanguard party, and the role that the US government played in subverting its goal of not only Black liberation, but the liberation of all oppressed people.

"Race and Social Movements :: crhc:lecture series" is a free, five-part learning and discussion event by historian and CRHC Director Dr. Darryl Heller. Guests are encouraged to come, to learn, and to engage in the discourse.


Tuesday, June 20 through July 7, 2017 | Civil Rights Heritage Center

Saturday, July 8 through July 22, 2017 | The LGBTQ Center

Exhibition: "A Visual Journey: From AIDS through Marriage Equality"

To celebrate Pride Month in our community, the Civil Rights Heritage Center and The LGBTQ Center are partnering to bring a stunning photographic exhibition on Indiana’s LGBTQ experience to South Bend.

“A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality” is a travelling exhibition produced by the Indiana Historical Society. The exhibition features the work of photographer Mark A. Lee who has chronicled the LGBTQ experience across Indiana over the past thirty years. He writes that the exhibition, “documents members of the AIDS community, members of Pride, and those who fought for marriage equality. It also pays tribute to five very special people who are no longer here (for reasons other than AIDS) and takes a sneak peek into our future, as it takes a closer look at the transgender community."

The exhibition will be on view at both the Civil Rights Heritage Center and The LGBTQ Center beginning with the Civil Rights Heritage Center from Tuesday, June 20, 2017 through Friday, July 7. It will then be moved to be on view at The LGBTQ Center in time for the Pride Block Party event on Saturday, July 8, and staying on view through Saturday, July 22.

More about the exhibition, including PDFs with text and photographs, can be found on the Indiana Historical Society’s website


Thursday, June 8, 2017

crhc:lecture Series | "Martin Luther King and Malcolm X: Brothers in Arms"
6pm-8pm

The popular narrative about the relationship between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King is that they were antagonistic to one another and their tactics were in conflict. This lecture builds on the observation by James Baldwin that Martin picked up the mantle carried by Malcolm after his assassination. It will focus on the last year of each of their lives and argue that there was continuity and overlap between them on the aims for Black liberation.


"Race and Social Movements :: crhc:lecture series" is a free, five-part learning and discussion event by historian and CRHC Director Dr. Darryl Heller. Guests are encouraged to come, to learn, and to engage in the discourse.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

crhc:film Series | "Kumu Hina, The True Meaning of Aloha"
6pm-8pm

Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina's Hawai'i.


This film shares the life of Hina Wong-Kalu, a Native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher who uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill herdreams?

The “crhc:film” series is monthly screening of documentary and feature films designed to inspire discussion on issues of civil rights and social justice. 

Attendance at the event is free, and public participation is highly encouraged.



MAY 2017 EVENTS

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm-8pm

Join us for our monthly celebration of spoken word art in the historic Engman Public Natatorium. 

The Poetry Den brings some of the best local poetic talent with some of the newst players on the scene together with an audience eager to enjoy the spoken word. Whether you're s seasoned performer, looking to try out some verse, or want to sit back, snap, and enjoy, you'll find a warm, welcoming space to do it. 

This free event is recommended for guests over the age of 16. 

Questions? Contact our hostess, Pam Blair, at mapblair@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Black Women and the Foundation of the Civil Rights Movement

"Race and Social Movements" | crhc:lecture series

6pm-7:30

This lecture will explore the contribution of Black women in the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement. It will particularly focus on Ida B. Wells, Ella Baker, and Septima Clark. Although the contribution of these women has not been given the credit it deserves, this lecture will provide an opportunity to discuss the centrality of Black women in the fight of racial and social justice. 


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Race 'Riots' and Racial Violence

"Race and Social Movements" | crhc:lecture series

6pm-7:30

This lecture will explore the use of racial violence to enforce and maintain a white economic and social power structure in the United States. Through an unflinching discussion of lynching and other extra-legal mob activity, the lecture will invite participants to examine the role that racial violence played in mobilizing resistance to Jim Crow, which in turn facilitated the development of the early Civil Rights Movement. 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

crhc:film Series: "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket"
6pm-8pm

Ranging from Baldwin’s early life to his self-imposed exile in France, "The Price of the Ticket" explores the development of James Baldwin as an eloquent and insistent voice on race in America.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion that will feature Dionne Breymer, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College; Ken Smith, Associate Professor of English at IU South Bend and Editor of Wolfson Press; and Darryl Heller, Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

The “crhc:film” series is monthly screening of documentary and feature films designed to inspire discussion on issues of civil rights and social justice.

Attendance at the event is free, and public participation is highly encouraged.



APRIL 2017 EVENTS

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm-8pm

Celebrate an evening of local spoken word talent. 

Every month, The Poetry Den offers a stage for poetic and spoken word performers to share their voices, to entertain, and to inspire. 

Whether you're a budding poet or a seasoned performer, come and sign up for the open mic. Care not to share? No problem! You're more than welcome to sit, soak it up, and snap in priase to your favorites. 

This free event is recommended for participants over the age of 16. Please remember that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed. 

Questions? Contact mapblair@yahoo.com.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series: "Is This the Time for a New Movement?"
6pm-8pm

Indiana University South Bend professor Dr. Dé Bryant moderates a discussion with IU South Bend honor students seeking to answer the question, "Is this the time for a new social movement?" The Civil Rights Movement provided tools to deal with Jim Crow and end legal segregation. What would we demand in a new civil rights movement? Who would be our leaders? Who are our allies? How will we get the word out?



MARCH 2017 EVENTS

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm-8pm

Join our hostess Pam Blair as she brings this monthly celebration of spoken word art to the walls of the Civil Rights Heritage Center. 

. Bring a piece to share and sign up for the open microphone portion—only if you want to, though! 
. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the works of local and regional talent. 
. Snap your fingers, clap your hands, and engage in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment. 

This free event is recommended for participants over the age of 16. Please remember that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed. 

Questions? Contact mapblair@yahoo.com.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Exhibition Opening: "Women, the Strong Roots of Life: Works by Elia Salinas" 
6pm to 8pm

Open through April 19, 2017

To close its celebration of Women’s History Month, the Civil Rights Heritage Center opens a new exhibition titled, “Women, the Strong Roots of Life: Works by Elias Salinas,”
featuring artworks created by Goshen based artist Elia Salinas.

The exhibition features approximatley ten works that  speak to female stereotypes, the gender inequalities women have endured, and the many roles women have played and contributions they have made. As Ms. Salinas writes in her artist statement, “[Women] have a long and wide range of conditions and states of life: we are mothers, we are in charge of heavy duty jobs, we strive for control over our bodies and minds, we are artists, dancers, professional doctors, and more. Our roles in society have evolved as women acquire equality in some ways and face discrimination others. But always, women are the strong roots of life.”

The exhibition opens with a reception and an auction of Ms. Salinas’ work conducted by the artist herself. Fifty percent of the profits will be donated by the artist to benefit La Casa de Amistad. 

“Women, the Strong Roots of Life: Works by Elias Salinas,” will show in the Civil Rights Heritage Center’s Media Room and changing exhibition space from March 25 through April 19, 2017. Guests will be able to view the exhibition during the Center’s public hours.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stage for Change: "Hear Me out"
5:15-6:30pm

Stage For Change is an Indiana University South Bend student run initiative that uses storytelling and the arts to build a more inclusive campus community. On March 22, join them at the Civil Rights Heritage Center as students present, “Hear Me Out.”

Over the past year, Stage for Change has collected anonymous monologues from IU South Bend students and community members in order to explore issues that affect us all. "Hear Me Out" presents these stories that deal with everything from racial profiling, mental health, sexuality, to immigration status. Sharing these stories is a crucial first step toward building a more inclusive community.

The CRHC production is free, and student and public participation is encouraged.

Can’t make this production? Join three others on IU South Bend’s campus:

March 23. Thurs. 5:15pm @ The Grill
March 24. Fri. 5:15pm @ The Grill
March 25. Sat. 7:30pm @ The Grill

Additional performances on campus are free for IU South Bend students with their student ID, and $5 for others.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series: "ALEC, ‘Crimmigration’, and Donald Trump: The Triple Threat"
6:00-7:30pm

Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant moderates a conversation with Evan Hooper, Ali Weesner, and David Yankosky—all students currently in her Honors Seminar.

The conversation focuses on corporate involvement in the government through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the criminalization of immigrants in the U.S., and where Donald Trump stands on these topics. What threats do each of these pose to American citizens?

This free event is part of the "Public Intellectuals Series." Public particiaption is encouraged. 



FEBRUARY 2017 EVENTS

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

We're capping off a Black History Month with a celebration of local spoken word talent. 

Join our hostess Pamela Blair as she opens up the microphone and invites you to share your verses. Whether you're a season poet, looking to share some works, or only want to listen, you'll find a warm and welcoming environment that celebrates a variety of voices. 

This event is free, and participation by those over the age of 16 is encouraged. As a reminder, consumption of alcohol is prohibited.


Friday, February 24, 2017

South Bend's Own Voices
6:00-7:30pm

Join us to hear the experiences of some who have called South Bend their home for decades, and have witnessed its transformations. 

"South Bend's Own Voices" welcomes a small, diverse panel of people who have been born, raised, and/or otherwise born witness to this city's past. Their stories are their own, and their sharing builds blocks to our understanding of what South Bend means to us. 

This event also serves as an official launch of two major ways to share more of South Bend's voices!

Selections of the Oral History Collection of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Indiana University South Bend Archives will officially be online through Michiana Memory for the first time. Computers will be on hand for guests to peruse the narrators and hear their stories. 

Also, we'll be officially debuting the first episode of Civil Rights Heritage Center's "South Bend's Own Words" podcast series featuring more stories from our Oral History Collection. 

Come to listen, to learn, and to enjoy the stories of those whose experiences mean so much to the history of this community. 

This free event is produced in conjunction with the St. Joseph County Public Library and the IU South Bend Archives. Public participation is highly encouraged. 

For more on Michiana Memory, visit https://michianamemory.sjcpl.org/


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Film, "Selma (2014)"
6:00-8:00pm

In 1965, non-violent marchers walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in an action meant to recognize how whites denied African Americans their right to vote. The marchers were met by police who inflicted horrific acts of violence.

Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center and the IU South Bend History Club as we watch and discuss the celebrated 2014 film, "Selma," directed by "13th" director Ava DuVernay. The film shows the human drama behind those who bravely marched that day, the reactions of those looking to maintain the racial caste system, and the political maneuverings from Selma to the White House.

Whether you've seen this powerful film once, never, or a thousand times, join to see it and discuss it.

This free event is made possible in partnership with the IU South Bend History Club. Participation by students and public is highly encouraged.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Celebrating Malcolm X
6:00-7:30pm

In 1964, civil rights icon Malcom X delivered a speech called, "The Ballot or the Bullet," in which he discussed black political power among the established political party structure.

This year, join CRHC Director Darryl Heller and local civil rights activist Verge "Brother Sage" Gillam as they lead a reading and discussion of that powerful speech, asking the question, "What would Malcolm say about our world today?" In the push and pull between organizing and activism, what does "The Ballot or the Bullet" tell us about how to advocate for causes in 2017?

Read up on the speech before the event here: http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/speeches/malcolm_x_ballot.html

This is a free event, and public participation is highly encouraged.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Say it Loud, Say it Often
7:00-9:00pm

Join us for an evening of socially conscious spoken word and musical art, with special guest LaQuan Lunford. 

"Say it Loud, Say it Often" encourages local creativity by featuring artists whose voices speak to the issues affecting this community. 

Come to enjoy, and to find inspiration. 

This event is free and public participation by those over the age of 16 is encouraged.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Drum Talk
2:00-4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of drumming, dancing, and celebration of community and culture.

Guests Nicole Williams of One Love Community Circle and Verge "Brother Sage" Gillam leads guests to an understanding of the African American experience through engagement and self discovery. Pick up one of many different instruments, and let your sound be heard.

This free event is very family friendly. Come to join, come to dance, or just come to listen and enjoy.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Film Screening, "13th"
6:00-8:00pm

"13th" is the Oscar Award nominated documentary by renowned filmmaker Ava DuVernay about the enslavement, criminilization, and mass incarceration of people of color throughout American history. 

Named for the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution meant to officially ban the practice of slavery, the film "13th" shows how the capture and forced labor of African Americans continued – and continues – through today. 

Following the film, Civil Rights Heritage Center director Dr. Darryl Heller will lead an open discussion on the issues it addresses. 

Whether you've seen the film already or are looking to see it for the first time, join us to see it and to openly discuss its impact. 

This event is free, and public particiaption by adults is highly encouraged. Because the film is rated TV-MA, we suggest you use your discretion in bringing guests under the age of 18.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series: "The FBI and the Civil Rights Movement"
6:00-8:00pm

The story of white political leadership could be told without mentioning the FBI. However, not one story about political leadership in the black community can omit the role of surveillance and infiltration.

Join the IU South Bend Social Action Project (SOCACT) as they lead a panel discussion addressing the facts regarding those imprisoned, exiled, or martyred. What lessons do these events offer that can inform our activism as we move forward? What might surveillance look like by then and how may the definitions of privacy and civil rights change as a result of new technologies?

Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant moderates a discussion featuring students from the IU South Bend Honors Seminar including David Flowers, Erin Lambright, Jocelyn Malmstrom, and Jeff Yoder. 

This is a free and open discussion, and public participation is highly encouraged.



JANUARY 2017 EVENTS

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

The Poetry Den returns to the Civil Rights Heritage in 2017!

Join host Pamela Blair as she welcomes local and regional talent, and sets the stage for a welcoming, entertaining, and heart warming evening of spoken word art.

Care to share a piece of your own? Sign up for the open mic and let the words flow! Care to stay back and enjoy? No problem!

The Poetry Den is a free event, though our host will gladly accept donations to thank her for her time. Public participation by people age 16 and up is encouraged.

Want more information? Email Pam Blair: mapblair@yahoo.com


Saturday, January 21 through February 10, 2017

Exhibition: "Reflecting Racial Justice"

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 3:00pm-5:00pm

The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center invite you to an exhibition opening celebrating the work of some talented South Bend eighth grade students.

On the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January 2017, students from Jefferson Intermediate School participated in a day-long Racial Justice Institute. It culminated with a collaborative art project made by the students that asks the qeustion, “How will you fight for racial justice?”

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm, we are proud to officially unveil their work in an exhibition entitled, “Reflecting Racial Justice.” Guests are encouraged to come to the Civil Rights Heritage Center for a public reception, to experience the exhibition, to learn more about what these students accomplished.

This is a free event sponsored by the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame and the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center..Public participation is encouraged.


Friday, January 20, 2017

The People’s Inauguration: Voices for Justice and Inclusion

Islamic Society of Michiana
3310 Hepler St, South Bend, Indiana 46635

4:00-6:30pm

On January 20, 2017, inaugurate a new era in South Bend.

“The People’s Inauguration: Voices for Justice and Inclusion” will mark a renewed commitment to social change in our community. Attendees of the event will leave with concrete things they can do to promote equality, embrace difference, and resist systemic oppression. Though the election left many discouraged with national politics, we believe progress, especially on the local level, is still possible. We extend an open invitation to our entire community to join us. We expect hundreds of people to attend, and there is space for us all.

Join us and learn about some of the many different paths forward for you to work to protect those whose basic rights will come under attack, and get involved in making positive social change.

This free event is one of three meant to show a unified response by a broad coalition of community organizers in South Bend. Public participation is highly encouraged.


Friday, January 20, 2017

The People's Inauguration: Inagural Ball
7:00pm-12:00am

On January 20, 2017, inaugurate a new era in South Bend.

“The People’s Inauguration" marks a renewed commitment to social change in our community. After a day of learning how to take action, take time to meet, mingle, and dance with people looking to get involved.

This is a free event, and public (and family) attendance is encouraged. Please note that alcohol consumption cannot be permitted.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series: "Birth of A Nation: Art, or Propaganda?"
6:00-8:00pm

In 1915 and 2016, two films with the same name – "Birth of A Nation" – hit cinemas across the United States. Their content could not be more dissimilar. While the 2016 film was made by an African American film maker about a 19th century slave rebellion, the 1915 film is widely condemned for its abhorrent depictions of former slaves, and for glorifying the actions of the Ku Klux Klan. 

IU South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant leads a discussion of these films, and what role popular film can play in changing our society.  

This is a free event in partnership with the IU South Bend Social Action Project. Public participation is encouraged, and warmly welcomed. 



DECEMBER 2016 EVENTS

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

Enjoy local talent or share your own in a safe, creative, and vibrant space!
 
Each month, our hostess, Pam Blair, brings an open microphone to the Civil Rights Heritage Center for local spoken word artists to share their voice.
 
Have you ever wanted to share your words on stage? This is the chance to do it! Prefer to sit back and enjoy the flow? That's great too! Either way, The Poetry Den is a warm and welcoming evening to remember.
 
This event is free, and public participation by those over the age of 16 is highly encouraged.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pre_Kwanzaa Celebration
2:00-4:00pm

Celebrate the history and the joy of Kwanzaa.

Local activist Verge "Brother Sage" Gillam will share the history of the holiday, before Nicole Williams of One Love Community Drumming Circle leads dancing and drumming.

If you ever wanted to learn the story of Kwanzaa, this is the perfect opportunity to learn, to enjoy, and to celebrate.

This free, family friendly event is made possible with the assistance of One Love Community Circle, Providing Options, IU South Bend Black Student Union, and IU South Bend Student Association for Civil Rights and Social Justice. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

DTSB Historic Holiday Walking Tour
1:00-5:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season and explore South Bend's unique history during the DTSB Historic Holiday Walking Tour. Take a trip through time with free, self-guided tours of historic homes and businesses in the West Washington National Historic District.

In addition to the Civil Rights Heritage Center and the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, featured sites include West Washington's Rose Morey Lamport House, Remedy Building, Tippecanoe Place, The Oliver Inn, and the Kizer Place, in addition to Innisfree, St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, and more. 

Visitors are welcome to stop by one or all locations in any order! Tours are open to the public and all ages, and no reservations are required. Participating locations offer either a guided or self-guided tour.

All sites are free. For more, visit downtownsouthbend.com


Friday, December 2, 2016

Public Intellectuals Series: Food, Inc.
6:00-8:00pm

Corporate farming has dominated food production in the United States. It produces food that is often unhealthy, produced by large agribusinesses that are killing small growers, damaging the environment, and abusing the animals that produce these foods and the employees who work there.

How can our communities become full participants when growing food has become a multi-million dollar, global business – and their customers viewed as just mouths to make profits off of?

Join us as Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant leads the next chapter in the Public Intellectuals Series, presenting the film, "Food, Inc." After the film, guests will have the chance to discuss the issues that the film raises, and look for solutions in our community to address them.

This event is free, and public participation is encouraged. Presented in cooperation with IU South Bend's Social Action Project.

 


NOVEMBER 2016 EVENTS

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

Pam Blair brings an evening of open mic and featured artist spoken word art to a welcoming space. Bring your words to share if you have them, or bring your ears to listen and your fingers to snap. The Poetry Den is an event that celebrates the wealth and breadth of voices in our community. 
This event, and public attendance by those over age 16 is encouraged. 

Wednesday, November 23 through 26, 2016

Closed for Thanksgiving break. We hope you enjoy it, and we'll look forward to welcoming you when we re-open on Monday, November 28 at 10am!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Drum Talk
2:00-4:00pm

Nicole Williams of One Love Community Circle brings an afternoon of creativity, community, and communication through drumming. Join to hear the beats and help make some beautiful noise. A prize drawing and a special guest speaker will be part of the day too!
 
This event is free and public participation is encouraged, especially by people between the ages of 13 and 17 years.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Public Intellectuals Series: Peace, Violence, and Music 
6:00-8:00pm

Media outlets bombard their viewers with news of shootings in our neighborhoods. By now, we can recite their names – we have done so too often. But what can we do beyond the public forums, the barbecues, and the kumbayas? Perhaps music holds a clue. 

Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center for a dicussion on music and its role in promoting peace and expressing the violence in our cities. Local artists Blu Casey and Billy East share their craft along with the issues relevant to South Bend. 

This event is free and public attendance is encouraged. It is part of the ongoing "Public Intellectuals" series, which seeks to ensure that the question, "What will the world look like in 2050," is answered by voices from multiple cultures.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Día de los Muertos
5:00-7:00pm

Join us as we celebrate Día de los Muertos by honoring refugees around the world. At some point, millions upon millions of people have sought refuge from dangers. They leave behind family, friends, and belongings in search of a safer place to live and work. This year, the Civil Rights Heritage Center honors those who have made that brave step, and those who lost their lives in the process. Local artist Maclovio Cantú will create an offrenda that speaks to refugees in three regions: the African continent, the Middle East, and Central and Southern America. The artist will be on hand to discuss his work. Come back and forth between us and our neighbors at the ND Center for Arts and Culture who will be celebrating as well. Both events are completely free, and participation by individuals and families is highly encouraged. Come celebrate this important Mexican holiday and honor some of the millions who have sought refuge around the world.



OCTOBER 2016 EVENTS

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Emmanuel Cannady Talk: To See and to Be Seen," The Immense Power of Travel
5:00-7:00pm

In this time of civil unrest and polarizing political debate, join our guest Emmanuel Cannady as he talks about his experiences fully seeing and being fully seen during his 13-day travels this past July to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. He will share the stories, pictures, and videos of his interactions with the people, the culture, and the land to show how the power of presence, perspective, kinship, love, respect for history, and respect for life can truly set us all free. After the presentation, Mr. Cannady will invite you to share some of your own stories of your travels too as we create a collective story together.  This event is free, and public attendance by world travelers and non-world travelers alike is highly encouraged.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Film Screening: Selma
6:00-7:30pm

On the eve of an important election, join us for a special screening of a film that captures how hard African Americans fought for the basic right to vote. "Selma" tells the story of the Rev. Martin Luther King's historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to bring attention to the many ways African Americans were barred from voting. Despite violent opposition from the white majority, the march helped pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – an act whose tennants are under attack again today. "Selma," and the stories of those who fought for the right to vote, reminds us how important it is that we exercise that right in this – and every – election.  This film screening is free, and public attendance is highly encouraged.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

Soothe your soul with the remarkable talent of local and regional poets.  Every month, The Poetry Den opens the microphone to a wide variety of spoken word artists who share their voices. Have a piece to share? You'll find a warm and receptive audience who will snap along.  Come to share, come to listen, come to enjoy – no matter your reason, The Poetry Den is a soothing experience. This event is free, though donations are certainly appreciated. For more information, contact our event host, Pamela Blair, through email at mapblair@yahoo.com.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Student Presentation: Freedom Summer Tour 2016
6:00-8:00pm

~ Please join the class of Freedom Summer 2016 as we celebrate our transformative learning experience and share our road map for continued community engagement.  Light refreshments provided.  Presentation by the Student Association for Civil Rights and Social Justice.  All Welcome. Free to attend.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Film Screening: Legacy Alive
6:00-8:00pm

~ “Legacy Alive” is a fascinating story about the Pan African Youth Orchestra from Ghana, an orchestra that plays indigenous African instruments from all over the continent. Join the film’s Director and Producer, Kwadwo Gyan-Apenteng (also known as Kojo Sankofa), as he shares his film and the music of this orchestra. The Orchestra is comprised of twenty-six children between the ages of six to sixteen years old. These children have become celebrated in their native Ghana, playing on the same stage with artists such as U2’s Bono and Angelique Kidjo. They have performed at several national functions for the President of Ghana, the Vice president, and invited dignitaries.

“Legacy Alive” is an entertaining and educational film that sheds light on Africa’s future cultural ambassadors. The film screening and discussion are free, and public attendance is encouraged. For more information, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5493618/


Friday, October 7, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Event, "Songs Across the Divide," wsg Augustin Mona
6:00-8:00pm

~ Hear the story of Village Mozayik in Haiti as they work through multiple human tragedies – cholera, a hurricane, and the deadly 2010 Haitian earthquake.  Haitian musician Augustin Mona tells this story through his words and original music. It's an evening meant to bring attention to the protection of human rights for all, especially for those who have borne the worst burdens. 

This event is the first in a series of "Public Intellectuals" programs, each seeking to ensure that the question, "How might the world look in 2050?" is answered by including the voices of multiple ethnicies and cultual backgrounds.  This event is free, and public participation is encouraged.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Talk, “Faith, Equality and Justice,” wsg Rev. MacArthur Flournoy
6:00-7:30pm

~ The Reverend MacArthur H. Flournoy, Director for Faith Partnerships and Mobilization for the Human Rights Campaign, brings a discussion on African American churches and the LGBTQ movement to South Bend.  “Fire Callin Elijah, A Woman Named Moses and a Crystal Stair: A Moral Imperative for the LGBTQ Movement,” calls upon people to embrace the LGBTQ rights issue as a human rights issue – alongside and in partnership with the African American civil rights movement.  “What is my hope for the Black church? It’s that we would do justice. We’ve done justice before. And we can do it again.” (https://vimeo.com/95185581)

In addition to his work with the HRC, Rev. Flournoy has worked on the African, European, and Australian continents conducting workshops that help change cultural norms on the role of women, those affected by HIV/AIDS, and advocating for racial/LGBT justice and equality specifically within a Faith-based context. He holds a Master’s of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union. 

This discussion is free, and public participation is encouraged.  Brought to you in partnership with Imani Unidad Inc. and The LGBTQ Center.  This event was originally scheduled for June 2016; however, weather events forced its cancellation. We are pleased to be able to offer it to you again.



SEPTEMBER 2016 EVENTS

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

~ Get your fingers snapping as The Poetry Den returns to the Civil Rights Heritage Center.  Sign up and join the open mic portion, where local poets spit verses on topics far and wide. Then, sit back and enjoy this month's featured poet Shelvin Thomas. It's an evening of supportive spoken word art in a beautiful space with amazing local people.  This event is free and organized by the The Poetry Den. For more information, contact Pam Blair by email at mapblair@yahoo.com.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Drum Talk
2:00-4:00pm

~ Nicole Williams of One Love Community Circle brings an afternoon of creativity, community, and communication through drumming. Join to hear the beats and help make some beautiful noise.  A prize drawing and a special guest speaker will be part of the day too!  This event is free and public participation is encouraged, especially by people between the ages of 13 and 17 years.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Fire Speakers
7:00-10:00pm

~ Celebrate South Bend's best poetry, music, and fashion all in one evening.  Premiere poets fuse their most fiery spoken word pieces with the Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop instrumental vibes of The Dream Team Live Band. As the poetry and music fills the open air, guests shop area retailers or lay out a blanket and just listen in the midst of our beautiful Peace Garden. Indiana University South Bend's Black Student Union, the Indiana Black Expo, and the City of South Bend's Diversity Utilization Board members will be in attendance to give attendees insight on how to remain connected to their projects and initiatives for the rest of the year. 

Starting at 7pm, join Nicole Williams' welcoming drum circle and set the tone for a night you won't soon forget.  When poets like Blu Casey, Antonius Northern, Latonya Griffin, and Jesse Campers begin to share their accounts of romance, social equality, and humor, we hope a firestorm ignites and you understand why we call this event "Fire Speakers."

Entrance to this event is free, and made possible by our local sponsors: Indiana Black Expo, IU South Bend’s SOCAT initiative, nPOWER-South Bend, South Bend's NAACP, and Indiana University South Bend’s Black Student Union.



AUGUST 2016 EVENTS

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

~ Providing a safe and fun place to share the art of Poetry is where we do it at The Poetry Den. Sign up for the Open Mic or come out and hear some of the best Poets in the area. This month featured artist is none other than Poetic Melody. I.P.M.C. inspire, provoke, motivate to create.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Rallying for Civil Rights: Black Garment Workers and the March on Washington Movement in New York, 1942-1963
5:30-7:30pm

~ In the 1940s, a group of African American and Caribbean garment workers organized a movement to end segregation.   As part of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, this group of African American and Caribbean women were deeply involved in planning the first March on Washington being led by A. Philip Randolph in his fight for racial justice.  Special guest Janette Gayle will examine the rallies, the marches, and the speeches these women made while organizing for civil rights.  This event is free, and public participation is encouraged.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders, 2016
5:30-7:30pm

~ Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders celebrates Women's Equality Day by building a record of women who have helped shape our community. This year we honor 12 women, some whose leadership is widely recognized and some who lead quietly from behind the scenes. The 2016 exhibit is a partnership of the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area and The Michiana Women Leaders Project, with support from these Community Sponsors: YWCA of North Central Indiana - The Links, Incorporated - Community Forum for Economic Justice - First Unitarian Church of South Bend - Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiiana.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Researching Your African American Ancestors
12:00-3:00pm

~ Want to discover your roots and learn more about the ancestors who came before you? Join the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, the Indiana African American Genealogy Group, and the Civil Rights Heritage Center to learn how! Guests will learn how to get started with genealogy research, and discover the special resources available for African American history. A hands on demonstration will show how to use the Family Search genealogy website. This event is free, and participation by those who wish to learn how to discover their family's history is encouraged. While not required, a laptop to access online tools is recommended.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Book Reading, "The Devil in Amen's Corner," with special guest Sarina Adeline
6:00-7:30pm

~ Local author Sarina Adeline shares passages from her first book of a young woman's attempt to escape the segregated South.  This event is free and public participation, particularly among middle and high school students, is highly encouraged.