The Union League Club of Chicago Library Committee invites Caxton Club members to a LIVE program: Conversations on Chicago Neighborhoods: North Lawndale Past, Present & Future
The ULCC Library Committee welcomes Blanche Killingsworth, President and co-founder of the North Lawndale Historical & Cultural Society, to talk about the history of North Lawndale and community efforts to revitalize this historic neighborhood. The program will include presentations by Reverend Robert Marshall and Mary Lu Seidel on the restoration and historical landmarking of the Central Park Theater. Ann Lui, AIA, will talk about the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021 Edition “The Available City” and work being done in North Lawndale to support this initiative.
A cocktail reception starts at 5:30 PM with appetizers and your choice of one beverage (beer, wine, sparkling water, bottled water, or soft drink). Fee for this program is $34.
The program begins at 6:00 PM with Q & A following.
Program Speaker: Blanche Killingsworth
Blanche Killingsworth is the President and co-founder of the North Lawndale Historical Society, an organization whose mission is to research, educate and archive the history of Lawndale. She is a long time North Lawndale resident and community activist. She has worked with many organizations and community members to preserve Lawndale History. She is a Diversity Scholar of the National Trust and member of League of Women Voters.
Program Speaker: Dr. Robert Marshall
Dr. Robert Marshall is an entrepreneur, an avid learner, and an educator. He has a BA in Business from Roosevelt University, a master’s Degree from Olivet Nazarene University and a second master’s from Chicago State University. He later earned his Doctor of Divinity degree at Calvary School of Ministry. Dr. Marshall now serves as the senior pastor of the New House of Prayer Church of God in Christ, the AIM Chairman for the Sixth Jurisdiction of Illinois and an adjutant for the national Church of God in Christ. He works tirelessly to rebuild the community and reestablish House of Prayer as a viable resource for the North Lawndale Community.
Program Speaker: Mary Lu Seidel
Mary Lu Seidel is the Director of Community Engagement for Preservation Chicago and is responsible for neighborhood-driven planning, advocacy, and education to promote the preservation and reuse of cultural and historic assets in Chicago.
Seidel was previously Chicago Field Director at the National Trust where she managed preservation initiatives throughout the Midwest. She has extensive community building experience in the Chicago area market in economically and ethnically diverse areas. Her work has focused on advocacy, community engagement, strategic planning, community organizing, public policy and community redevelopment. She was born and raised in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood, and she returns to her passion for advocacy and organizing in the city she loves.
Program Speaker: Ann Lui
Ann Lui is a registered architect, Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan and founding principal of Future Firm, a Chicago-based architecture and design research practice. Her work focuses on spaces of collectivity and the role of architecture in producing and intervening in paradoxical conditions of belonging. Currently, Lui organizes The Night Gallery, a nocturnal exhibition space on Chicago's south side, which features video and film works by artists and architects from sunset to sunrise. Lui was recently named Newcity’s “Designer of the Moment” and Crain’s “40 Under 40.” She holds an SMArchS in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from MIT and a B. Arch from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Charles Goodwin Sands Medal and the Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal.