Three key West Side institutions are planning a weekend-long celebration of Juneteenth, starting Friday, June 18.
On Friday, the MAAFA Redemption Project, the New Mount Pilgrim Church, and The Leaders Network will host the Chicago premiere of “All These Sons,” a new documentary by Academy Award-nominated Directors Bing Liu and Joshua Altman.
The screening of the documentary will take place at ChiTown Movies, a drive-in theater located at 2343 S. Throop St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
“All These Sons” highlights how two men dedicate their lives to healing and empowering black men through mentorship to help save lives and attempt to reduce gun violence,” according to a statement released on June 16 on behalf of the organizations.
“While gun violence is no secret in Chicago, the documentary focuses on these men working hard to re-evaluate their fears, revealing trauma that often causes the continuing cycle of violence and damage to everyone involved.”
On Saturday, June 19, there will be a Juneteenth Jazz Celebration honoring Dr. Haki Madhubuti, the poet and founding publisher of Third World Press. Special musical guests include Isaiah Collier and The Chosen Few. Dr. Cornel West is also presenting at the event.
The Jazz Celebration will take place at New Mount Pilgrim Church, 4301 W. Washington Blvd. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
A Rush Hospital Community Vaccination event will also take place inside of the church’s fellowship hall starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.