Turn out for our #RedSummer Walking Tour on 7-27 was nothing short of incredible as we commemorated the 100th year anniversary of The Red Summer!
Guided by multiple Emmy award winning film maker, Barbara Allen (Dusable To Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis, Paper Trail, Colorblind: Rethinking Race), critically acclaimed Wall Street Journal reporter and author of "Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America", Cameron McWhirter, and internationally renowned jazz & ragtime composer, pianist, historian and MacArthur genius, Reginald R. Robinson.
As we toured historic sites such as the WW1 Black Soldiers "Victory Monument" Memorial, Ida B. Wells-Barnett House, Robert Roloson Row-Frank Lloyd Wright, Eigth Regiment Armory, The Chicago Defender Building, Bombed Home at 3365 S. Indiana, Pickford Theatre and the buidling that housed the Grand Terrace Cafe, one of the most important jazz clubs in America that played host to such performers as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and so many others, the crowd was treated to a wealth of historical facts, poetry and music from the time, and live performances from internationally acclaimed songstress, Ugochi, and myself.
Thank you to everyone that came out to support, to Barbara Allen, Cameron McWhirter, Reginald R. Robinson, Wendi Hill, and the entire Red Summer Winter Blues team for making the Red Summer Walk a huge success! Please continue to support the upcoming Red Summer Winter Blues film by spreading the word, following and liking the RedSummer/WinterBlues facebook page, following us on twitter @RedSummerfilm, and donating and encouraging others to donate to support this critically important film!