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Station 5- The First Reconstruction: A Quest for Full Citizenship

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  
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.
February 13, 2018

In recognition of the 2018 Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and numerous Evanston churches and organizations have worked in collaboration to create this Evanston community project. Using the Stations of the Cross to situate the history of Black Americans, participants will experience Black history from the origins of humankind in Africa to as recent as NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Through various productions and representations such as historical texts, art, photographs, artifacts, teaching, preaching, bible study, and scripture, we will explore and discuss key historical moments and movements in Black lives.

Sponsored by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, this project aims to:

  • Find, develop, and deepen leaders
  • Educate and reeducate the Evanston community, particularly the youth, on Black history
  • Build productive relationships and collective power between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Evanston churches, and councils interested in the thriving of black people