Black Narratives Matter: A Youth Workshop on Racial Justice and Bookmaking

Event Date: 
Monday, January 7, 2019 - 5:30pm


Read/Write Library
914 N. California 1st Floor
60622 Chicago , IL

Join Read/Write Library this January for a free 3-week after school course geared to local youth in the community. Created and taught by Kayla McClain (Masters of Arts in Arts Education candidate at School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Black Narratives Matter investigates the untold history of racial justice topics such as racial justice in the courts, police brutality and what is missing from how students are taught in schools. While examining the history of violence against people of color and connecting the dots to events of today, participants will create their own narratives along with illustrations from day to day activities to create books.

Black Narratives Matters is a collaborative dialogically community-based workshop grounded on the foundation of providing students with a safe space to express themselves throughout art while participating in an educative experience. The purpose of creating the book is to highlight each student’s experience, what they have learned from this course and to enhance their sense of empowerment and self-esteem once they leave the course.

Books will be exhibited in a concluding opening celebration on January 25th, open to the public, family & friends.

Read/Write Library is wheelchair accessible with gender neutral restrooms. For specific accommodations and additional questions, please email us at

Dates: Mon January 7th - Thurs 24th
Time: 5:30-6pm every day Mon-Thurs
Cost: FREE