February Greetings from Your "God Is Still Speaking" Youth Ministry

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Welcome to our celebration of Black History Month!

We actually got a jump on the month by celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special event at the Chicago History Museum - The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights. This is a fantastic and inspirational one-woman show that follows a Chicago student’s personal transformation through studying the Civil Rights Movement.  In addition we had the opportunity to tour a special exhibit, Race: Are We So Different? This is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States. 

Next up - a special addition of our “Monday@themovies” series. In celebration of Black History Month we're going to see Black Panther on opening weekend!

Black Panther is a American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what makes it so appropriate for our celebration of Black History Month is that it is a revolutionary step forward for black superheroes – and superhero movies overall.

Black Panther writer Joe Robert Cole explained the importance of properly bringing Black Panther to life on the silver screen: "Black Panther is a historic opportunity to be a part of something important and special, particularly at a time when African Americans are affirming their identities while dealing with vilification and dehumanization. The image of a black hero on this scale is just really exciting"

Black Panther comes at an incredibly volatile time in American history with regards to race relations. Between accusations of police brutality, disproportionate incarceration of African Americans, and even lack of representation within our cultural institutions, bringing a black superhero to the big screen properly represents a major moment for the black community

I can’t wait to see it and discuss it with our youth!
 

For more information contact gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org