Second Chance Christmas
April 8, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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 costumes. Please come and bring your friends and family members, and share the food, fun and excitement.
Escape into a book with Illinois Authors
April 22, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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.
Karen A Davis, Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development, Springfield, IL
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.
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”
Shopping for Any Occasion
Check out the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum for a unique gift for any occasion. Ball caps, t-shirts, jewelry, books are just a few of the items available!