Tuesday, February 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ebenezer AME Church
1109 Emerson Street, Evanston, Illinois

The Reconstruction climate: The South was learning how to live with the freed Black population and the freed Black population was learning how to live free with the whites. Everyone had a great desire to learn how to read and write therefore the classrooms were often intergenerational. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the 13-15th amendments gave the freed Black population the right to vote, own property, and use public accommodations.

Participants will experience:

  • Reconstruction Life stories as told by the Chicago based storytellers “In the Spirit.” They will honor the oral tradition history of the African Diaspora by taking the audience  on a journey through the First Reconstruction period.
  • The melodious sounds of the John Work Fisk Jubilee Singers.  Education was most important to the freedmen and women and many Black educational I]institutions were founded. Fisk University was one of many.

Participants will learn about:

  • The BLACK CODES, which were enacted immediately after the Civil War. They varied from each of the southern states, but the intent was to secure cheap labor and continue the philosophy that slaves were inferior beings.