Shorefront had a busy first quarter of 2013. In forging partnerships and new relationships, the Shorefront Legacy Center had the role as “host site” for many of these exciting collaborations.
In January, the center was the site of the Evanston Scholars reception, recognizing more than a dozen participants in their college bound accomplishments to an audience of more than 50 guests. During the same month, Shorefront founder was interviewed by Lee Ann Trotter of Channel 5 and later appeared for a second interview at the Channel 5 studio.
Shorefront was featured on NBCs Channel 5 News
The month of February included three well-attended consecutive lecture discussions in partnership with the Evanston Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. and the Evanston African American Genealogy Consortium. Guest panelists and moderators led discussions on the following topics: “150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation”, “Global
Migration”, “The History of African Americans on Evanston School Boards”, and “Historical Contributions of Blacks in the Military”. Each of these sessions were recorded and can be listen to on Shorefront’s website by clicking on each topic.
February also brought an wonderful opportunity to assist Evanston native, actress Tina Lifford, who’s performance of “The Circle Play” was her give back to the community that raised her. Proceeds of the performance in Evanston were awarded to Shorefront for its efforts and dedication to preserving local Black history.
There were so many activities to do, important Shorefront led venues had to be pushed to later months. Watch for them!
New to Shorefronts archives are the Evanston Branch N.A.A.C.P. files consisting of more than 25 boxes dating back to 1952. In addition to the new acquisition, a renewed investigation to determine its charter date has begun. Though there is the charter of 1928 for the Evanston Chapter, there may have been an earlier charter as early as 1915. This new acquisition will add to Shorefronts early catalog of N.A.A.C.P. files. Shorefront also received items to be included in the Zeta Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity collection. The new addition includes letters c1950s, rosters, general minutes, a photo and several “Sphinx” magazines c1930s.
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