Woke Up Black at the Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago, IL

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Don't miss this one-night-only event!

Woke Up Black, a 2011 documentary by local filmmaker and activist Mary F. Morten, is coming to the Chicago Cultural Center for one night only! Both the director and two of the youth featured in the film will be present for a post-screening conversation with the audience, moderated by National Public Radio Reporter Cheryl Corley, focusing on the importance of the youth vote in 2012 and the changes in the lives of the cast members since filming took place. There will also be a reception with light refreshments before the film starts. 

Admission is FREE! Please register here so we have an idea of how many people are planning on coming in advance. HOWEVER - if it looks like there are no more tickets left - you can absolutely still come! There will be plenty more tickets available at the door.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6-8 pm

Pre-screening reception: 6:00 pm
Film screening: 6:30 pm
Post-screening Q&A with director and cast members, moderated by Cheryl Corley: 7:30 pm 


About the film: Woke Up Black follows a two-year period in the lives of five Chicago-area African American youth. The film provides a glimpse into the stories and perspectives of Ansheera “Ace,” Carter, Morgan, Rosalee, and Sheldon, capturing both their day-to-day lives as well as milestones such as high school graduations and first days at college.

The youth featured all have diverse family backgrounds, opinions on social issues, and future goals. In short, they are: a young woman who's the first in her family to attend college; a high school student who was adopted by two gay men when he was 10; an aspiring engineer from a predominately white suburb; a self-identified genderqueer activist whose family has difficulty accepting her identity; and a community organizer who recently became a dad.

While focusing on the voices and stories of Black youth, the film underscores the humanity that we all share with each other regardless of race or age. 

JET Magazine called it "compelling" and Dr. Andrew Grant-Thomas of Ohio State University remarked, "If you care about the human struggle, watch Woke Up Black."



The Chicago Cultural Center and Claudia Cassidy Theater are ADA accessible.


Parking and transit:

The Chicago Cultural Center is right in the loop, so it’s very easily accessible by all CTA lines: Blue line to Washington, Red Line to Lake, or Pink/Purple/Brown/Orange/Green line to Randolph/Wabash.

If the Metra works better for you, the Chicago Cultural Center is right next to Millenium Station at the corner of Randolph and Michigan (served by both Metra Electric and South Shore Line).

As for downtown parking – as we all know, it’s not cheap, but it’s there!