Courtesy Rickie Brown

On Thursday March 28th 2013 at 6:30 a large group of concern west side organizations, business owners, political representatives, community residence, youth and not–for- profits gathered at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center for a “Call To Action “hosted by the West Side Historical Society and the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center. Among the attendees was 29th Ward Alderman Deborah L. Graham who pledging her full support. Noted facilitators Nikki Harvey of Eden Advocacy C.D.C. and Field Organizer at Obama for America, Deborah Williams, got the crowd involved. Participants were excited as they eagerly went into their breakout sessions to form committees for this year’s “150 years of Freedom” 2013 Juneteenth Festival and Peace parade.

The purpose for this large gathering was to organize people from the west side (past and present) to celebrate the 150 year Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Luther Kings, March on Washington. The representatives from the following sponsors , partners and supporters were; Office of the Mayor’s CARE program, The Westside Ministers Coalition, Kingdom Life line Ministries, Austin African American Business Network, Sista’s of the Hood, The Temple of Mercy, Powerhouse Ministries, The Westside Branch NAACP, The Promise Church, The National Alliance for the Formerly Incarcerated, The North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society, Najwa Dance Corps, Chicago Teachers Union Black Caucus, Organizing For Action , Living Faith Outreach Worship Center, Urban Resource, Inc, Fathers Who Care, The National Alliance for the Formerly Incarcerated, Planet Africa and a large contingency of community residence.

Calls from other community organizations pledging their support and future participation was noted. The next “Call to Action Meeting” for will be held Wednesday April 10th 2013 at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago IL. 60651, at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to join or volunteer this history making event. For more information visit;