REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. INTERNATIONAL IMPACT DAY
AKArama Foundation celebrations King Impact Day with a Virtual Tour of King Drive.
The virtual “Acts of Service on Chicago’s King Drive” voyage begins at 9 am at the United African Organization, 4901 S. King Drive. This agency, which is devoted to helping African immigrants, will receive a donation of 90 backpacks. Viewed as a compassionate donation, Bell said that backpacks would offer a safe and dignified alternative to the garbage bags immigrants sometimes use to store and transport their belongings.
The next virtual stop, at 11 a.m., will be the Washington Park Field House, 5531 S. King Dr. A $500 donation will be presented to the Khalidah North African Dance Experience, a Black-owned, female-owned business run by the award-winning and internationally renowned dancer and choreographer, Khalidah Kali. Due to COVID-19, she was forced to shut down in-person classes and conduct them via Zoom. The contribution will help ease the financial pressure the company has had to endure as a result of the pandemic. This initiative supports the arts, African-culture, and health targets since dance promotes heart health.
At noon the virtual tour will venture south to the housing complex, Parkway Gardens at 6418 S. King Dr. There, they will make a $500 contribution to Future Ties, which offers over 1,200 elementary school children and youth from Parkway Gardens after-school programming five days per week. Future Ties recently expanded its after-school program to include middle and high school students. Theta Omega Chapter and AKArama Foundation, Inc. have initiated a partnership with Future Ties to ensure high school students will have the help they need to successfully apply to, and matriculate at, college. This project also has the potential to provide scholarships and additional mentorship to the residents.
With the virtual tour in the lunchtime window, the next stop is at 1 p.m. at Roy’s Soul Food located at 71st and King Drive. Celebrated as “the best soul food restaurant on the southside,” Roy’s Soul Food is a Black-owned, second-generation restaurant and catering business that correlates with the AKArama Foundation’s target to support Black business. The Foundation contracted Roy’s to cater lunch at Feather Fist Veterans Home at 9020 S. Langley. This is an extension of the Theta Omega and AKArama Foundation’s commitment to support and honor homeless veterans in temporary housing. The Foundation supports Feather Fist year-round with donations of personal goods, food, grocery cards, and other items that sustain the veterans.
Because of the compelling and vital cultural niche that the Southside Community Arts Center fills, the tour will veer off the King Drive route and end with a virtual visit to the Center at 3831 S. Michigan Ave, which was founded by Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other African American artists during President Roosevelt’s administration. The Theta Omega/AKArama Foundation will give a nod to this bastion of the Black Arts Movement with a $500 contribution to support the historic African-American museum. This virtual stop underscores a strong commitment to the Arts.