Apr
8
Sat
Second Chance Christmas
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Second Chance Christmas

For those who didn’t spend Christmas traveling the world to enjoy ethnic cuisines, this is your opportunity! Six continents of the world will be represented with visual and gastronomic delights. Costumed hosts will offer an array of ethnic foods for sampling. Visitors may vote on their favorite food, table decorations, and cos-tumes. Please come and bring your friends and family members, and share the food, fun and excitement.

Apr
22
Sat
Escape into a Book with Illinois Authors
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Escape into a Book with Illinois Authors

Books have the wonderful power to take you to another world. They have the ability to enable you to feel every emotion imaginable. This event will provide you an opportunity to talk with Illinois authors and purchase their books, discover their personal stories and ascertain things they have learned. Feel their emotion. We have authors who have written fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history, children’s books, and biographies. These various works will make you laugh, cry, learn and copiously contemplate the meaning of their words.

EVENT MODERATOR:

Karen A Davis, Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development, Springfield, IL

FEATURED AUTHOR:

Don S. McClure – Renowned American Author…
Don S. McClure is one of the most prolific authors of our time and is best known for his variation of imagination and factual writing skills. Born in Chicago Illinois, his career began with a few self-published children stories, 1996. He is ranked as one of the Top 100 highest paid Authors in America. In 2009, he released his personal autobiography titled; “Broken Wings Fallen Angels” based on his life story in Chicago. In 1999, he received a Congressional Record from The 106th Congress, for his work in diversity and promotion of African American history. Currently his creative works contain 11 published books on the market to-date.

PROGRAM AGENDA:

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Don McClure will discuss his books and provide advice to future authors on “How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Publishing”.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Opportunity to meet and talk with authors.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Each author will discuss their book and their motivation for writing it.

Cassandra Austin – “UNCLOTHED MEMOIR OF A NAKED SOUL”

Karen Bellamy – “THE BIG BROWN BOX & EPHRAIM AND THE BEE” – A great book for children.

LaMarcus Childress – “MY WALK” – Life Through The Lenses of LaMarcus Elreese Childrous – Biographical in nature.

Nell Clay – “EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE, LIVE AND LIFE” – Enjoy Poetry that will make you laugh, cry, feel anger and gain knowledge about African American History.

Nancy Collins – “TALKIN’ OUT THE HOUSE” A voice of hope & healing.

John T. Crisp, Jr. – “BLACK COLORING BOOKS AND POSTERS: “BLACK FACTS” “ DO YOU KNOW?”

Samuel Hale – “ADVENTURES OF THE SOULS” His last book – “THE FIRST CENTURY MISSION AND THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CHURCH”

Robert Horton – “INSPIRED POETIC MESSAGES”: A book of Collected Poems

Loretta Johnson – “SOMETHING GOES WRONG IN THE WALDORFF KITCHEN” – A great book for children.

Joyce Lakes – “JUSTICE DELAYED VS. JUSTICE DENIED”

Don McClure – “WHAT PRICE FREEDON, YESTERDAY-TODAY-TOMORROW”: “DIVERSITY & BLACK HISTORY”: “TO HAVE A FRIEND” – & “I LOVE WRITING- A FUN LOVE STORY”

Robert Moore – “BLACK US MARSHALS:” His first published article, “Strategies for Increasing Black Police Executives”, published by the Justice Department, will be on display

Stella Nguepnang – “SECRET POWERS FOR THE YOUNG” is a book about four young girls from different backgrounds who reunite their moms who were forced apart.

James Warren – “THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN MUTINY AT FREEMAN FIELD”

May
20
Sat
Quilting Exhibit and Demonstration
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Quilting Exhibit and Demonstration. A timeless look at Midwestern quilts, their purpose and evolution. Early Sangamon County quilts made entirely by hand will be displayed side-by-side with today’s machine techniques.

Jun
23
Fri
Poetry Slam
Jun 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Poetry Slam @ AAHM
Friday, June 23, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Focused on students in grades 9 through 12, the Poetry Slam culmi-
nates a series of three workshops offering students information and as-
sistance in creating poetry. Watch for announcements of workshop
times and places. Awards will be given.
Oct
26
Thu
6th Annual Fundraising Gala
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception/ Silent Auction: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner/ Program: 7:00 p.m.

Date and location may change