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January 25, 2016                                                                     Phyllis Folarin


Black History Family Festival 11th Annual Celebration to Feature Award-Winning

Underground Railroad Author, Lecturer


Glennette Tilley Turner, renowned historian, lecturer and author on the Underground Railroad, headlines the 11th annual Black History Family Festival at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin, set for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 from 1-5 p.m.


With the theme “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories,” participants will learn about history – both local and national — important to African Americans.


“This year’s program is particularly exciting,” said Phyllis Folarin, founder and president of the Black History Family Festival. “I believe the cultural divide this country is seeing can be bridged by education and understanding. This festival is a great starting point.”


After an official welcome, the program begins with Tilley Turner before it opens up activities for children of all ages – from preschool to high school. The Sankofa Wax Museum of African-American History will also be featured and will provide participants with a cultural and educational experience as they learn about the contributions of African-American icons.


The program ends with the recognized Chicago Muntu Dancers, who will perform authentic interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music and folklore. Throughout the event, the U-46’s Future African American Leaders will also be highlighted.


For 11 years, the Black History Family Festival has successfully worked to bridge cultures by uniting the Elgin area in a celebration of the African-American experience. The festival involves schools and the community and has been successful in developing programs that involve participants in unique and compelling ways.

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