ALTON — Local nonprofit organization The Generation of Legacy is sponsoring the 2015 Black History Month Exhibit at Alton Square Mall, on display on the second floor (to the right of the escalators) from Feb. 8-21.
An inaugural fundraising opening ceremony, featuring refreshments and a guest speaker, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Ciara Taylor, political director of the Florida-based Dream Defenders, will be speaking about peaceful activism, getting youths involved in the community, and the situation in Ferguson, Mo.
Taylor says she fights for the past, present and future, carrying on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by promoting social justice and equality for all.
Eva Perkins, chief operating officer and vice president of Generation of Legacy (and Taylor’s grandmother), has plenty to say about her granddaughter.
“She is a very intelligent young lady,” Perkins said. “She stands up for the ones who can’t speak or are afraid to speak.”
The mall exhibit, on display throughout much of February and showcasing “Black History is American History,” will feature six displays, focusing on the 13th Amendment or the Emancipation Amendment, military service among African-Americans, Miles Davis, the role of the black church, Alton pioneers and more. Free readings to children (and free giveaways to the first 50 children) will be held at 1:30, 3 and 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.
Generation of Legacy, a charitable organization, gives back to the community by hosting scholarships for local high school graduates. Its mission is to “preserve history and legacies in order to shape the future, strengthen their communities while fostering a society that embraces diversity and inclusiveness. Generation of Legacy accomplishes its mission through the exhibit of black history, proactively engaging our youth through mentoring and educational programs; collaborative partnerships that help advance our next generation and health care initiatives.”
Tish Preston-Stubbs, president and CEO of Generation of Legacy, wants the community to know Generation of Legacy is here for the community.
“We are wanting to foster an environment that encourages the youth to understand that voting and peaceful activism is important,” Preston-Stubbs said. “We are trying to make sure the Black History Month Exhibit has a permanent place in Alton.”
The exhibit will run from 1 to 6 p.m. daily beginning Feb. 8.
For more information on the Generation of Legacy, call (810) 444-9552. For reservations to the ceremony on Feb. 7, call (618) 917-4978 (ask for Bonnie Fox).