Three former prison mates of Nelson Mandela are visiting Chicago public high schools and telling stories and singing songs from the struggle to end apartheid as part of a new collaboration with Groundswell Educational Films.
Students and faculty prepare for the visit and connect the South African struggle to the critical issues of our time through a discussion guide and DVD with short segments of an upcoming feature documentary film called "The Robben Island Singers".
For more information about Groundswell Educational Film’s Global Education Program and The Robben Island Singers Film & Concert Project, contact Jennifer Amdur Spitz at 773-975-1345 or go to to www.robbenislandsingers.com to see video of the Singers.
UPDATE: They've already been to Prosser HS and Columbia College. Click below for the rest of the schedule, which begins on Wednesday at Michele Clark and Thursday at Kenwood HS.
Tour dates and locations include:
Please note the dates in RED CAPS
Mon. 1/29: Prosser HS: 8am - 4p
Tues. 1/30: Columbia College (4 – 7pm at 1104 S. Wabash/first floor – free performance/panel)
Wed. 1/31: Michele Clark HS
Thurs. 2/1: Kenwood HS, Black History Month Media Opportunity 10 AM
Fri. 2/2: Roosevelt HS (evening performance, with admission charge)
Sun. 2/4: Chicago Cultural Center (12:30 – 1:30 free performance for children and families)
Mon. 2/5: E. St. Louis HS
Tues. 2/6: Belleville West HS (near E. St. Louis)
Wed. 2/7: Whitney Young HS
Thurs. 2/8: Shorebank sponsored performance – 6PM at branch on 47th street & King Drive
Fri. 2/9: St. Sabina Church (special performance in connection with Winnie Mandela appearance (SOLD OUT)
Sat. 2/10: Gary Comer
Youth Center, 7:30PM, 7200 S. Ingleside, admission charge
Sun. 2/11: (Church visit tba)
Mon. 2/12: (RIS to be joined by Paul Langa, CEO of Robben Island Museum, also an ex-political prisoner)
Tues. 2/13: UIC/Jane Addams Hull House performance(s)
Wed. 2/14: Academy of Urban School Leadership
schools: Dodge Elementary 10am; Academy 1:30pm
Thurs. 2/15: Milwaukee Area Technical College (TBA)