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Events this week by Carletta

Events this week from Carletta J. Donaldson. Contact her at

Monday, February 13

ALL DAY – NAAPID (National African American Parent Involvement Day) –Check area schools’ events for the day.  And be there!  You don’t have a child/school to visit?  Visit Booker T. Washington STEM Academy to read to and/or with a child OR visit a child at Urbana High School.  Urbana Middle School will have an evening program   The Youth need YOU!  NOT JUST TODAY, BUT EVERYDAY!*

12noon – 1:00pm - Access SUCCESS entrepreneurship lecture:  Dwight Miller.  Mr. Miller owns several McDonald’s franchises in the Champaign-Urbana area and Decatur.  Room L111 at Parkland College.*

6:00pm – Champaign Unit 4 School Board Meeting

6:00pm – 7:30pm - National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID- at-Night) Program at Urbana Middle School in the cafetorium.  Reception immediately following the program.  FREE and open to the public.

6:00pm – Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club’s Learning Center Open House & Introduction of their enhanced SMART Girls Program Partners.  Tours, hands-on tutorials, demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments.  Bring your family, friends, neighbors and especially your YOUTH.*

7:00pm – Urbana City Council Meeting

8:00pm - “Slavery by Another Name,” narrated by Laurence Fishburne, and produced and directed by Sam Pollard, premieres on PBS/WILLTV/Channel 12/Comcast Channel 13.  History has repeated itself with the rate of incarcerations of this century!*

Tuesday, February 14 – VALENTINE’S DAY
11:30am – 1:00pm – For Colored Girls – Film Clips and Women’s Discussion.  Parkland female staffers lead female students in a discussion about respect, self-image, self-esteem, and relationships in Flag Lounge at Parkland College.*

6:00pm – Black History Month Film Series:  Sanofa (1993) at the Independent Media Center (200 S. Broadway, Urbana/at the north end of Lincoln Square).  Admission:  $3.00/proceeds going to the IMC.  
Ghana and travels to the past, where, as a house servant named Shola she is constantly abused by her slave masters. Nunu, an African-born field hand, and
Shango, Shola's West Indian love interest, all continuously rebel against the slave system.  For Nunu this means direct conflict with her son (whose father is a white man) benefiting from the system as a head slave. Inspired by Nunu and Shango's determination to defy the system, Shola finally chooses to fight back against her masters.  For more information, contact:  Carol Ammons:  (217) 344-8820 or at  

7:00pm – Champaign City Council Meeting - Study Session

Wednesday, February 15

11:30am – 1:30pm:  Celebrate Black History Month with a special menu at the Illini Union Ballroom on from 11:30am - 1:30pm.  Cost $9.59 includes tax.  Menu:  Soup/Salad:  Chicken and Dumplings Soup, Traditional Vegetable Soup, Creamy Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad; Entree:  Whole Fried Catfish, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cabbage w/ Salt Pork, Creamed Corn, Neapolitan Spaghetti; Dessert:  Peach Cobbler, and Sweet Potato Pie.  

12noon – Food for the Soul: “Black Unity:  Why We Can’t All Get Along” at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Program (708 S. Matthews, Urbana).*

4:00pm – 6:00pm – Teen Valentine’s Day Event at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign.  FREE*

Thursday, February 16

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Voter Registration at Skelton Place, 302 N. Second St., C.*
5:00pm – 7:30pm – Wesley Evening Food Pantry Distribution at 1203 W. Green St., Urbana.  Email for information or to volunteer.
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Family African American Read-In Night at Douglass Annex.   Bring a short passage to read written by an African American.  FREE
6:00pm – Informational Forum to discuss schools of choice, meet with staff members and learn about programs in all elementary schools at Barkstall Elementary School (2201 Hallbeck, Ch.) with parking on the east side of the school.*

Friday, February 17

Carlos Donaldson – Happy 78th Birthday – Carlos Donaldson

12noon – University of Illinois YMCA’s Friday Forum - Wisdom on Wall Street w/
Rev. Axel Gehrmann, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign.*

5:00pm - Academy of African American Arts’ (AAAA) Movie Night:  “Dead Presidents” at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Program (708 S. Matthews, Urbana).*

6:00pm – Rev. Dr. Claude Shelby and the Salem Baptist Church Youth Ministry hosting an ITVS - Community Cinema Series Film Screening of “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock”, inspired by Illinois Public Media’s (WILL/TV/Radio) Film Screening on January 3 to continue the dialog in the community.  Discussion moderated by Rev. Rickey E. Parks (Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church and Little Rock Native). For more information, contact Cynthia Williams at 217-356-3214*

6:00pm - URBANA HIGH SCHOOL TIGERS VS. CENTRAL HIGH MAROONS BASKETBALL GAME.  URBANA HIGH SCHOOL IS SELLING HOOPIN’ FOR HOPE T-SHIRTS for $10.00 TO BLACK OUT THE GYM.  Although Rivals on the Court, they are United in the fight on Breast Cancer.  You may purchase shirts at Urbana home basketball games or in the school office.
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Jazz & Blues at the Refinery on Green, 51 E. Green St., Ch.  FREE.  For more info:  217-419-3996 or*
8:00pm – 2:00am – Old School R & B at the Refinery, 51 E. Green St., Ch. Cost:  $10.00.  For more information, 217-417-3996 or at*

Saturday, February 18

9:00am – Central Illinois Jurisdiction, C.O.G.I.C. Department of Women Annual Prayer Breakfast – “Triumphant Through Prayer” at the Holiday Inn Conference Center (1001 Killarney St., Urbana).  Featured Speaker:  Dorinda Clark Cole. Donation:  Adults - $35/Children - $15.  For more information contact Dr. Barbara Gillespie Washington at*

10:00am – 12noon – St. Luke C.M.E. Church Food Pantry – 809 N. Fifth St., Ch.

4:00pm – Black Student Success Event:  Shooting Contest.  Shoot-out event occurs during half-time at the men’s basketball game; prizes awarded.  Event sponsored by the Counseling and Advising Center in the Parkland Gym.*

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Jazz & Blues at the Refinery on Green, 51 E. Green St., Ch.  FREE.  For more info:  217-419-3996 or*

7:00pm – “From Tragedy to Triumph” Concert featuring Rose of Gospel Grammy Award Winner Dorinda Clark Cole, C.O.G.I.C. Queen of Gospel Chrystal Rucker and Noah Brown and Company at New Hope Church of God in Christ (911 W. Bradley, Ch.).  $15 General Admission in advance; $20.00 on the day of the event; $20 meet and greet.  Doors open at 6:15pm.  For more information, contact Ms. Kimberly Gillespie at 217-390-8152 or Ms. Pam Wilson at 217-649-3085.*

8:00pm – 2:00am – Old School R & B at the Refinery, 51 E. Green St., Ch. Cost:  $10.00.  For more information, 217-417-3996 or at*

Sunday, February 19
Immediately following 11am Morning Worship Service – Voter registration at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church 1310 N. Sixth St., Champaign.  

1:30pm – Salem Baptist Church Women’s Day Committee Birthday Banquet.  Donation:  $7.00.  You may dine in at the church or get your food to go.*

3:30pm – History of Gospel Music at St. Luke C.M.E. Church.