by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will be the key orator at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (HWCC) town hall meeting to be held Wednesday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. CST. Discussions will be held concerning the state of the HWCC and the proceedings of its foreclosure. Legal group Power and Dixon is to make a presentation as well.
This Chicago performing arts center has the capacity to seat 1,ooo guests, but those seats have been vacant for much of the existence of the building. According to Fox News Chicago, the owners of the building as of March of this year, Jimalita Tillman and her mother, were not ensuring payment of the utility bills. The gas company cut off the gas as a result. On two occassions, the Tillmans had the gas illegally turned back on. The city recognized this as a hazard to the surrounding neighborhood, and last year the City Council approved a plan to give control of the building to the City Colleges of Chicago. The Tillmans are trying to stop this from happening and acquire more money to take care of the building.
In the recent passing months, however, the Hon. Judge Franklin D. Valdarrama banned City Colleges of Chicago from the HWCC property saying that they do not own, operate, manage or have any jurisdiction over the facility. HWCC attorneys are combating City Colleges of Chicago with a multi-million dollar counter claim.
Originally owned by Tobacco Road, Incorporated, a non-profit organization, it’s mission is to help diminish at-risk behavior in youth by way of training them in media and performing arts. The HWCC is funded through private donations, community event rentals, and corporate sponsors.
See the following information if you are interested in attending or helping to save this Chicago performing arts center:
WHAT: The State of the Harold Washington Cultural Center
WHEN: Wednesday – June 8, 2011 6:00 pm CST
WHERE: Harold Washington Cultural Center- 4701 South King Drive, Chicago, IL
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