Black History Turns to Music, Fashion
My father-in-law marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., twice.
While he never met the great man personally, Bob Kollman of Gurnee was there when Dr. King made his "I have a dream" speech.
"Cool," my 8-year-old daughter, Kris, says when her grandfather repeats the story at my prompting. But unfortunately for us, we don't have much first-hand experience with African Americans and have only a faint grasp of their history.
On Feb. 6, the Lake County Museum will feature its 17th annual "Profiles in Excellence" program celebrating the evolution of 20th century African American musical entertainment and fashion trends.
The free program, being held during Black History Month, runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the museum on Route 176 near Wauconda.
There will be a special appearance by the group Chicago Blues, featuring Shirley King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King. Through her performance, King will illustrate how the blues have served as the root of today's rap music. Area students will walk the runway to rap music as they model the latest fashions by African American clothing designers.
Students from North Chicago, Waukegan and Zion also will make presentations on the entertainment industry and how it has changed.
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