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I. LOCAL OFFERING

A. SOUL SIDE OF THE WINDY CITY” Tour
  • Bronzeville
  • Oprah’s
    Blues Museum
  • Ida B. Wells
    Black Metropolis
  • DuSable’s Settlement
    1st All-Black Regiment
  • Birth Place of Gospel
    Cradle of Black Drama
  • Underground Railroad
    1st Open Heart Surgery
  • African-American Home Showcase

    Drive-by Tour • 2 ½ hours • Over 40 Sites • Motor Coach Transportation

    Groups of 35+ per motor coach:
    receive discounted rate, select own date, departure time & pick up location.
    Groups can also customize their tour with special stops.
B. PRACTICUM ON BLACK HISTORY IN CHICAGO

A program designed to help school-age children:
  • Increase and maintain knowledge about Black history in Chicago
  • Highlight the impact of local Black achievements on the global community
  • Replace Black stereotypes with positive images from a proud heritage.

The program includes:

  • The “Soul Side of the Windy City Tour
  • One copy of The Underground Railroad in Illinois by Glennette Tilley-Turner—foremost authority on the Underground Railroad in Illinois.
  • One copy of A View of Bronzeville by Bernard C. Turner
  • A Black History Activity Workbook for each child utilizing
    -visual & auditory oriented exercises
    -reading comprehension enhancements
    -related tasks and projects inspiring technical development
C. WINDY CITY SOUL WEEKEND – Thursday/Sunday
  • Three nights at the Essex Inn
  • Soul Side Tour, Black Theater, Soul food, Live Jazz & Blues
  • Sears Tower, Planetarium, Specialty Shopping
  • Cruise of Lake Michigan & Chicago River
  • Learn to play the “Blues” on the Harmonica
  • "Steppin" Chicago Style and the Magnificent Mile
  • Special Amtrak Packages from New York, New Orleans, and D.C.


II. TOURS TO OTHER LOCATIONS
  • Transportation is by deluxe motor coach
  • Accommodations – 3 to 4 star hotels are utilized to meet a range of budgets.
  • Pricing includes local transportation, admission to packaged sites highlighting Black history and local tourism.
  • Tour escort provides narrative and historical background information.

ATLANTA – Four Days/Three Nights
A “Dream” here changed the course of history in general and Black History in particular.
Highlights: Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Civil Rights, Sweet Auburn, 1st Black Radio Station, Br’er Rabbit, SCLC, Black Colleges, Stone Mountain, Atlanta Battle of the Civil War, Apex Museum.

BALTIMORE & WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five Days/Four Nights
Highlights: Frederick Douglas, Mary McCloud Bethune, Carter G. Woodson, Kunta Kente, A. Phillip Randolph, Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Black Memorials, Howard University, World’s largest Free-standing Globe, Earth Station One.

INDIANAPOLIS – Two Days/One Night
Embrace a Slave’s experience on the Underground Railroad.
Highlights: Underground Railroad Re-enactment Program, World’s most comprehensive African-Art Collection, Crispus Attucks Black History Museum, Black history tour of the city.

Optional third day would include dinner and live jazz or interactive dinner
Theater with the Cuffe Family of 1870s Indiana.

OHIO– Nestled among three slave states, Ohio had a massive Underground Railroad System. Combination tours offering an extensive mid-west UGRR tour are available.

  • ASHTABULA - Four Days/Three Nights
    Mid-West Underground Railroad Tour explores the origins of many African sayings, folklore and superstitions.
    Highlights: A hotbed of abolitionist activity including 13 of John Brown's 21 raiders, Joshua Giddings and Betsey Cowles. You will visit UGRS in New Lyme, Rome and Jefferson Counties.
  • CINCINNATI - Three Days/Two Nights
    Highlights: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Harriet Beecher Stowe, experience authentic Underground Railroad Stations and re-enactments.
  • RIPLEY, OHIO & MAYSVILLE, KY - Three Days/Two Nights
    Highlights: Rankin House, Church Slave Bays, Slave Holding Pens, and other sites that encouraged Stowe to write Uncle Tom's Cabin.

OKLAHOMA – Five Days/Four Nights
Discover How the West was really Won and enjoy the annual October Cultural Fest in Muskogee. Previous Honorees & Headliners include: Danny Glover, Susan Taylor, John Hope Franklin, Magic Johnson and Xernona Clayton.
Highlights: Black Cowboys, Buffalo Soldiers, VIP Receptions, Talent Showcase, Day on a Dude Ranch, After-five Gala, Trail of Tears Legacy.

MEMPHIS – Four Days/Three Nights
Explore the “Making of a Martyr”
Highlights: National Civil Rights Museum, Slave Haven, Cotton Row, and Ida B. Wells, Alex Haley, W.C. Handy, Memphis “Blues” Legacy.

NIAGARA FALLS – Five Days/Four Nights
A wonder of the world exposes its impact on Black History.
Highlights: Harriet Tubman’s last stop on the UGRR, last person
returned to Slavery under the Fugitive Slave Act, Birth Place of the NAACP, Stations Project, learn about the escarpment that creates the Falls, explore how ships climb and descend the Falls, enjoy dinner revolving 350 feet above the Falls.

ST. LOUIS, MO & ALTON, IL
. – Four Days/Three Nights
Explore Pivotal Decisions in Black History.
Highlights: Dred Scott Decision, 13th Amendment, Underground Railroad Stations, Elijah P. Lovejoy, Blacks in Wax Museum, Frankie & Johnny, Buffalo Soldiers, York—the slave who accompanied Lewis & Clark.

SOUTH CAROLINA - Five Days/Four Nights
Experience Gullah Land and examine the majestic works that developed a nation during over 100 years of Slavery.
Highlights: Plantations, Slave houses, Slave landings, Morris Island (The film Glory), and the Civil War.