Nov 7, 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Paul Robeson Theatre, South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S South Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60649
Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival, Jahmal Cole and Amanda Seligman team up to talk about the history and function of Chicago's neighborhood block clubs, and the power of block club signs as visual signifiers. Seligman, a historian and author of Chicago's Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City, has studied the rich history of Chicago's block clubs as community organizing forces. Cole, an education activist and organizer of My Block, My Hood, My City, recently led young Chicagoans to design and activate – and even technologize – new block club signs, in conversation with the current values and ambitions of their communities. A rich media presentation of those signs, along with their predecessors, will complement their conversation, moderated by Jen Sabella, co-founder of hyperlocal news outlet Block Club Chicago.