Thursday, October 24th 2013
2nd Annual Gala for the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum. The theme of this year’s Gala, “Honoring Our Heritage” is based upon the legendary Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement centered in Harlem but also present in the Midwest, that spanned the 1920s. It encompassed new African-American cultural expression in literature, music, and the arts. Similarly, the Gala will include music with the John Crisp band and vocalist Victoria Douglass, poetry reading, an art exhibit as well as creative arts vendors and a silent auction. Awards will be presented to three individuals in recognition of their positive contributions to the Springfield area community: J. D. Washington, Barbara Dickerman, and Herman Senor, Jr.
The Gala will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2012, at the Hilton Hotel, 7th and Adams Streets, Springfield. A reception with the artists begins at 6 PM and dinner will be at 7 PM. 1920s attire is encouraged. For tickets or additional information, contact the Museum at 217-528-2725 or Minnie Gillespie at 217-816-1754.