In solidarity with Black History Month Recognition in the UK, the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum will host the first Annual Ida B. Wells Book and Arts Fair from noon – 4pm on October 17 and 18, 2015. The museum’s entrance is on 104th Street (between Maryland & Corliss Ave behind Corliss High School) Admission is Free. The Book Fair will present some of Chicago’s finest authors and will highlight the book Ida: In Her Own Words: The timeless writings of Ida B. Wells from 1893, compiled and edited by Michelle Duster her great-granddaughter.
On Sunday, October 18th, Lionel Kimble Jr. Ph.D., author and historian, will be present from his new book, A New Deal for Bronzeville Housing, Employment, and Civil Rights in Black Chicago, 1935–1955. He will discuss the Great Migration of the 1920s and 1930s, southern African Americans flocked to the South Side Chicago community of Bronzeville, the cultural, political, social, and economic hub of African American life in the city, if not the Midwest. Kimble Jr. demonstrates how these struggles led too much of the civil rights activism that occurred from 1935 to 1955 in Chicago. Michelle Duster, an accomplished author in her own right, will present and read from her compilation of Wells works that also includes. Ida from Abroad The timeless writings of Ida B. Wells from England in 1894.
This event also has something for children too! On Saturday, October 17th Tate and his Historic Dream by Bernard C. Turner and Michelle Duster will be featured. The book gives children the opportunity to go on a journey with fourth grader, Tate, where he meets and interacts with 28 different historic people. Turner and Duster feel that “Learning history builds a sense of pride in who you are, where you came from and what you can achieve.
David Peterson Jr., President of the Pullman Porter museum stated
“in our continuing efforts to cultivate the international Tourism Development initiative along Chicago’s south lakefront region from Bronzeville to the National Park Service Pullman National Monument; in that process, we recently discovered that black history in the UK is in celebrated in October.”
“Armed with that fact we decided that we would celebrate in solidarity with the UK and launch the first Annual Ida B. Wells Book and Art Fair, highlighting Wells writings.”
It is not widely known, but during the early days of when the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) were organizing in Chicago, Wells provided them with strategic assistance.
“We are honored to launch this book fair in her name.” Peterson said.
Featured authors will read from their works, meet and greet attendees and will be on hand to autograph their books. For more details visit http://www.aprpullmanportermuseum.org/special-events.html or call 773-850-8580. Vendor interest call The Black Mall 773-357-6154