A Constant Struggle

A Constant Struggle

April 23rd – June 8th, 2017


Three artists, Dorothy Straughter, Dawn Liddicoatt and Jomo Cheatham, deftly explore the insidious reach of racism woven deeply into our nation’s history and culture, and its continuing legacy of inequality in America today. The artists of A Constant Struggle seek to inspire people to look critically at our history, our society, our communities and ourselves to determine how we can create a more just and peaceful world. A Constant Struggle runs through Sunday, June 11th.

May 18, 7pm

A Constant Struggle Community Events: Flip the Quilts & “Where I Am From” Open Mic

Quilting artist Dorothy Straughter’s quilts have beautiful, unique imagery and symbolism on both sides. To get the full story they tell, and to hear the stories, poems and songs of everyday people of all ages, join us as we Flip The Quilts and host a “Where I Am From” Open Mic. Emceed by author and founder of the Chicago Writers’ Studio, Cole Lavalais and featuring readings from poet, songwriter and performer, Avery R. Young, author, journalist, poet and screenwriter, Sandra Jackson Opoku and from poet Bryant “B Love” Smith.


May 31st, 7pm

Panel Discussion: Strategies for Empowering Youth of Color

Join us for a panel discussion featuring:

  • Dr. Pancho MacFarland, head of the Sociology Department at Chicago State University, and a published author who is active in food and social justice movements
  • Shaka Rawls, prinicipal of Leo High School, founder of IMPACT (Inspiring and Motivating Positive Actions for City Teens)
  • Christopher Rudd, a youth and community program designer who ran a successful 10-month teen empowerment program as part of the Civic Innovation Fellowship at the Stanford Design School
  • Andrea Durbin, CEO of the Illinois Collaboration on Youth, a network of social service organizations that provides critical services for youth and low-income families, including shelters, crisis intervention, mental health services and alternatives to youth incarceration

Moderated by Dr. Kathleen McInerney, professor at Saint Xavier University with extensive experience with the Grow Your Own Teachers initiative. Her work examines power, privilege and education policy in communities and their schools.


June 8th, 7pm

Closing Reception & “What’s Next?” Happy Hour 
Hosted by the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative

Join us for a dialogue with members of “The Div Collab” about ways to promote diversity and inclusion on the far Southwest side


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