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Black History Month in Pullman

The links between the historic neighborhood of Pullman and the black labor movement will be highlighted in a program this Friday on A. Philip Randolph and the Pullman Porters, the first of a series of Black History Month events sponsored by the Pullman Civic Organization.

The 2002 film “Ten Thousand Black Men Named George,” which deals with the organizing of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in the 1920s and ’30s, will be shown this Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center, 112th and Cottage Grove. Sam Greenlee, author of “The Spook Who Sat By The Door,” will lead a discussion on the film.

It’s the first of four events for the month, marking a growing collaboration between the Pullman group and the Bronzeville/Chicago Black History Society, said Tom Shepherd. The groups are discussing holding tours later this year showing where Pullman factory workers lived, in the company town of Pullman, and where Pullman porters lived, in Bronzeville.

On Sunday, February 10, the Underground Railroad will be discussed by author Glennette Tilley Turner, who has spent 35 years researching the Underground Railroad in Illinois (3 p.m. at the Hotel Florence, 11111 S. Forrestville Ave.) Local activists are seeking support for reconstructing the Jan Ton farmhouse, home of a Dutch farmer who sheltered runaway slaves, as an educational center just south of Pullman.

Tuskegee Airmen veterans will be on hand to discuss a movie about their historic role in World War II, Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Pullman Visitor Center. The month’s events conclude with a historical gospel concert, featuring music from pre-Civil War through modern times, at Greenstone Church, 11201 S. St. Lawrence.

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