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Black History Month 2017

Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad as a Mode of Resistance to Oppression and Tyranny

Sponsored by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Celebrating 45 years of preparing “leaders among leaders,” the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) is sponsoring a variety of events and worship opportunities during the month of February in honor of Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

In addition, an art exhibit, featuring Evanston artist Fran Joy and in honor of Black History Month, will be on display during the month of February.


Black History Month Chapel Service
Wednesday, February 1, 2017  |  4:00 p.m.  |  Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Preacher: Dr. Lallene J. Rector  |  President of Garrett-Evangelical

Lecture: "The Underground Railroad as an Ongoing Site of Resistance and Affirmation"
Thursday, February 2, 2017  |  11:10 a.m.  |  Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Dr. Larry Murphy  |  Professor of the History of Christianity at Garrett-Evangelical

Panel Discussion: "The Underground Railroad as an Ongoing Site of Resistance and Affirmation"
Thursday, February 9, 2017  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Sheil Catholic Center, Northwestern University
Panel discussion co-sponsored by The Graduate Program and the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University and CBE

Black History Month Chapel Service
Wednesday, February 15, 2017  |  4:00 p.m.  |  Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Preacher: Rev. Harriette Cross | Senior Pastor of Englewood-Rust United Methodist Church
Featuring the Garrett-Evangelical Gospel Choir

Lecture: "The Underground Railroad: Our Journey Continues"
Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  11:10 a.m.  |  Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Glennette TIlly Turner  |  Author, Lecturer, Historian, and Educator

Panel Discussion: "The Underground Railroad's Legacy: Uniting Together as a Form of Resistance"
Tuesday, February 28, 2017  |  11:10 a.m.  |  Room 205
Sponsored by Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians (G-EBS) Student Group

Art Installation by Fran Joy and United Library Exhibit

An Art exhibit commissioned by CBE and created by Evanston-Chicago based artist Fran Joy will be on display in the seminary's main building (first floor) during the month of February for Black History Month. Fran Joy is a full-time artist who has lived in the greater Evanston-Chicago area for most of her life. She currently servies on the Evanston Arts Council, co-chairs the Community Relations Committee, and is a member of the Arts and Business Committee. She also serves on the board of YEA!, Young Evanston Artists. After studying at Columbia College in Chicago, she combined her own experimentation with the impromptu training she recieved from a number of independent artists whose work she admired. Her paintings all being with an acrylic base on canvas or wood followed by oil pastels, which are used with various sponges to intensify the outcome.

You see more of Fran Joy's work at www.franjoy.com.


During the month of February, the United Libary of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will feature books and treasures from the library's collection in honor of Black History Month. The United Library is located on the campus of Garrett-Evangelical at 2121 Sheridan Road in Evanston, Illinois. An online research guide can be found at guides.garrett.edu/bhm2017.