Event—Public Programming

Look Back to Move Forward: A Collaborative and Educational Arts Activism Project


Through a fellowship at the Newberry Library, Charity White has researched the 1919 Chicago race riots and the murder of Eugene Williams, a 17 year old African American boy that ignited them. She then partnered with CPS's Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where she used to teach. With faculty and students she did a year's worth of educational and arts activism work with students. The students created beautiful large paintings, and these, along with a sculpture Charity is making of Eugene, will be on display for the opening on July 27th at the 29th Street Beach, the anniversary of his death. For more information about the project, visit www.lookbacktomoveforward.com