More than 100 seniors dressed in their finest African-themed tunics, caftans, pant sets and head wraps gathered at The Salvation Army Kroc Center to celebrate Black History Month this past February. Guests enjoyed a down-home soul food buffet and entertainment designed to remember the struggles and celebrate the achievements of the African-American communities.
“This event is important to our seniors,” said Petrinia Sanders-Turner, Kroc Senior Center Manager. “It is important that we remember the struggles of those that came before us, and celebrate our contributions to the greater society.” Each table centerpiece celebrated influential African Americans with photos and mini biographies of such prominent individuals as Sojourner Truth, Coretta Scott King and Mahalia Jackson.
The entertainment was the highlight of the afternoon.
Kroc Center member Beatrice Stockwell opened and closed the afternoon’s celebration with a variety of notable songs from Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. Former Chicago Public School history teacher Hubert C. Jackson shared Chicago’s history and how it related to the African-American community. During the presentation, he also shared his own story of growing up in Chicago in the 50s and 60s. Then, guests cheered, clapped and sang along as The Salvation Army Singers – 2, 5, 8, Alive – engaged the audience with their mix of spiritual hymns, cultural songs and inspirational stories.
“The afternoon was wonderful,” said Georgia Brown of Pullman. “The entertainment was fabulous!”
To view photos from the event, please visit the Flickr album.