Mandela Mates Come To CPS High Schools

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

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 Films Global Education Program and The Robben Island
Singers Film & Concert Project, contact Jennifer Amdur Spitz at
773-975-1345 or go to to 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
are public.

Week 1
Mon. 1/29: Prosser HS: 8am -

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)

Week 2
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

Sat. 2/10: Gary Comer
Youth Center, 7:30PM, 7200 S. Ingleside, admission charge

 Sun. 2/11: (Church visit tba)

Week 3
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)

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