One hundred years ago, when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in response to acts of violence against black communities in Illinois, its goals were mostly focused on ending lynching and fighting Jim Crow Laws. Today, the nonprofit's mission has shifted, but its work is far from over. To commemorate the nation's oldest civil rights organization's centennial, local stage mainstay T. Mychael Rambo will emcee an evening of readings, music, and dance. Grammy Award winners the Sounds of Blackness and Jearlyn Steele will provide the music, and TU Dance will take the stage as well. Rambo will highlight the NAACP's successes by narrating the words of a wide array of beloved black authors from the past century, including Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, and Maya Angelou. Rise! will, in one evening, show both the artistic and political triumphs achieved by the NAACP in the past 100 years through the blood and endless efforts of its members and supporters.
Sat., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., 2009