Comments on: Black history, from quilts to opera Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Valerie F. Leonard Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:16:41 +0000 We thank each of you who was able to attend Saturday’s Drive-Thru Quilting event. We thank Mssrs. Ronald Lofton Sr. and Ronald Lofton Jr. for their generous support of the event, including discounted meals for participants. We thank City Year volunteers who helped with the logistics and artistic vision, and got their hands dirty designing quilt blocks. We thank Reneau Diallo, Karen Bailey and Zoe Ann Nance for their leadership.

We displayed our very first quilt, and the quilt in progress prepared by Carey Tercentenary AME Church. We had a great turnout, and participants generated enough quilt blocks to pull together two quilts. We were so impressed by the work of a Viet Nam Vet who participated that we will pull his blocks together to make a separate quilt. We will display quilts from the project at McDonald’s and take the show on the road when we get a critical mass of quilts. In the meantime, we will be working with schools and other organizations in the community to assist them in making quilts. If your organization is interested in participating, please contact me at We are looking forward to strengthening the social fabric of our community.

We thank Paul Norrington and Seth Barnhart, for sharing their photos. God willing, I will be able to provide you with more pics later this week.

Seth’s Pictures

Paul’s Pictures

By: Valerie F. Leonard Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:08:48 +0000 Thanks for the mention, Curtis!!! We’re looking forward to a great day tomorrow.