Monday, May 20th (6:00-7:30 p.m.)
Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
Legler Regional Branch
115 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60624
free and open to the public, all ages
Join Keith M. Kelley, the principal founder and Artistic Director of The Funky Wordsmyths, as he recounts what some might call his band's revolutionary mission. This dynamic spoken word band performed their "hard hittin blak poetry n muzik" from the '90s to the early 2000s. The Funky Wordsmyths delivered their social commentary in the traditions of both African griots and their predecessors such as The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron and Chicago's own Oscar Brown Jr., featuring some of Chicago's finest poets and musicians. This extremely talented and colorful cast of characters rallied behind Kelley's vision to unapologetically tell their stories through words and music.
This program is presented by Borderbend, in partnership with Legler Library, as part of a program series at the Legler Regional Branch of the Chicago Public Library system.
The City of Chicago recently announced that it will not auction off Knowledge and Wonder (1995), a painting by Kerry James Marshall, to raise money to help defray costs of Legler Regional Library's scheduled renovations. Knowledge and Wonder had been installed at the Legler Branch till last month, when the City of Chicago removed it without public discussion or knowledge. The backlash against the mural's removal was widespread and swift, and the decision to reverse its removal was applauded -- including by Kerry James Marshall, who said, "It's the right decision."