Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Program will feature the Oak Park and River Forest High School Gospel Choir in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
The OPRF Gospel Choir will honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a public concert at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. The choir will share songs, including some of King’s favorites. The concert is free. The Gospel Choir, which has been in existence since 1979, is a multicultural choir ensemble at Oak Park and River Forest High School. “We wanted to commemorate MLK Day in a big way this year," said Blaise Dierks, adult services librarian. "Partnering with the OPRF Gospel Choir seemed like the perfect way to get the community involved and honor Dr. King." Get breaking news alerts and follow us on Facebook for more news:
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Another weekend, another chance to explore our amazing area.
Looking for weekend plans? Look no further... TEEN POE PARTY When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. Why Go: Teens in grade six and up can celebrate Edgar Allen Poe's 203rd birthday with a library celebration, complete with scary stories and Poe-themed snacks and activities. Price: Free HEMINGWAY'S HOT HAVANA When/Where: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. Why Go: Brian Sinclair Gordon brings Ernest Hemingway to life in this one-man show, which takes the audience through a series of live storytelling. Cuban music, food and drinks, and a self-guided museum tour follow. Price: $25 for Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park members; $35 for nonmembers WORLD INDO-AFRO FUNK …
Monday, January 17, 2011
Inspired by civil rights and equality, River Forest's Harriet Hausman is a profile in courage.
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Monday, January 17, 2011
It's fair to say Harriet Hausman doesn't discriminate. From a courageous rebuke in front of an audience of teachers and students at Proviso Township High School to her awarding of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois' Edwin A. Rothschild Civil Liberties Award in September, the 86-year-old River Forest resident has been a longtime civil rights activist. I met Hausman at the River Forest Whole Foods, and almost immediately she started in with a story about the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the subsequent riots that took place in Chicago. Hausman and a friend were in the basement of a west side school, tutoring 11 black preschoolers. "When all the explosions took place and break-ins and all of that, we were…
The Rev. Donald Register signed up voters during the civil rights era.
Discrimination was indelibly written in the Rev. Donald B. Register’s mind growing up in Jacksonville, Fla. The impact of those experiences led him to work on issues of racial justice throughout his life. In January 1964, his work took him from St. Louis, Mo., where he served as a 26-year-old assistant pastor at Berea Presbyterian Church, to Hattiesburg, Miss., a focal point for black voting rights in the early 1960s. Register, who now lives in Oak Park, said it was nearly impossible for African-Americans to register to vote in Mississippi, let alone anywhere in the South at that time. In Mississippi, while whites only had to acknowledge that the state had a constitution, blacks had to answer questions about what it contained. Everyone …