FILM SCREENING: Something the Lord Made
Starring: Alan Rickman, Mos Def, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union, Charles S. Dutton
Not Rated; 110 minutes
Spanning 35 years, this film tells the incredible true story of Dr. Alfred Blalock, a white surgeon, and Vivien Thomas, his black laboratory assistant, working during the segregation era. In 1944, Blalock developed a revolutionary method of rerouting the blood supply to the heart, which ended up saving the life of a terminally ill baby. Thomas was right by his side talking him through the procedure. An extraordinary relationship developed between these two men during this difficult time in history.
10 a.m. to noon, Lower Level in the Science Theater (also on February 6, 13 and 20)
Yoga instructor Yasier ra Hotep will stretch your mind and body in this mini workout (no equipment or prior experience required). He has taught yoga for more than 30 years and is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the foremost masters and innovators of Kemetic Yoga (ancient Egyptian system).
10:30 a.m. to noon, Main Level in Black Creativity exhibit
PANEL DISCUSSION: Lifting As We Climb: Strategies for Developing Healthy African-American Youth
Each night in Chicago, the media covers the senseless murders of urban youth. By and large, the victims are African-American and Latino. In addition, doctors are faced with the alarming number of children of color who are obese and suffering with chronic illnesses as a result. Many African-American youth are faced with dire social factors that impact the quality and longevity of their lives. This panel engages three of the most innovative pediatric physicians, along with a long-time grassroots activist in an engaging dialogue about solutions to some of these problems.
Speakers include Dr. Lisa Thornton, assistant professor of Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at LaRabida Children’s Hospital; Dr. Antronette K. Yancey, professor in the Department of Health Services at UCLA School of Public Health and Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity; Dr. Dorianne Miller from the University of Chicago’s Center for Community Health and Vitality; and Ron “Kwesi” Harris, community organizer, prevention specialist, educator and public health advocate.
1 to 3 p.m., Lower Level in the Little Theater
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