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Thornton Township to host virtual Black History Month program on February 24

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 23, 2022) – Thornton Township is hosting a virtual Black History Month program on Thursday, February 24. Starting at 10 a.m., “Against All Odds” will be a celebration recognizing modern and historical people of color who have had an impact on the world.

Dr. Obari S.Y. Cartman is a Chicago native and will be the keynote speaker at Thornton Township’s Black History Month celebration. (Photo provided)

The keynote speaker for the virtual event will be Dr. Obari S.Y. Cartman, a trauma-focused clinician and restorative justice coach involved with Chicago Public Schools. Others that will be highlighted during the program are Marvinetta Woodley-Penn, the executive director of Global Girls, Inc., historian Art T. Burton, and community organizer and poet Chiman “Naira” Ikoro. Performances will be given by Global Girls, Inc., spoken word activist Bella Bahhs, and musician Marcale “Calez” Jenkins. Special recognition will also be given to 8th-grader Alexandra Brooks, who has achieved great success academically and personally despite the trials of foster care.

The program starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, and can be accessed from Thornton Township’s Facebook page.

Thornton Township headquarters are located at 333 E 162nd Street in South Holland.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.