Yesterday afternoon we went out to the first of The Urban Renaissance Event Series presented by Museum 44. It was an incredible event that was very positive and inspiring.
The event took place on the newly built stage right next door to the A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (ARPPM), an institution located at 10406 S. Maryland Ave in the historic Pullman neighborhood. This event is being considered as the site of a national park, Chicago’s first. That would be major for the city.
The event was djed by DJ Slow Mo and hosted by Courtney Winfrey and the legendary George Daniels, the godfather of Chicago and owner of George’s Museum Room. The event opened up with a West African song and dance to a drum performance. After this the Hope Quartet, a jazz quartet, was introduced and played their first set. Then there were performances by Leoski D, Raven, Keno, and KM the Original.
The museum, established in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes, is a museum dedicated to Asa Philip Randolph and the Pullman Porters. They made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union. This union was the first African American union. They fought and made great progress for employment equality in the Pullman Rail Car Company, a corporate giant. A. Philip Randolph redefined American labor, American democracy, and American society.
As we mentioned in our writeup preceding the event, the ARPPM have launched a new program called “Museum 44: Where Hip Hop Meets History”. This program looks to speak directly to the youth and harness their many creative talents. The Urban Renaissance looks to showcase talent and change entertainment in the urban community.
The Urban Renaissance Objective is to create a new standard of events by bringing back the “Harlem/Chicago” Renaissance era activities and events that took place during the period of 1919 until the mid 1930s through music, literature, arts, and live entertainment.
Follow them on IG/Twitter @Museum44 and Like them on Facebook at Museum 44 “Where Hip Hop Meets History”. You can also log on to www.aprpullmanportermuseum.org.
Visit this awesome museum. Again it is located at 10406 South Maryland Avenue. This museum is not government funded. It survives on donations, so in order to keep a great African American institution open please visit and donate. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next event in the series. Shout out to David Peterson, President and Executive Director of the museum.
Below are some photos taken throughout the afternoon from inside the museum and outside at the event: