Billy Strayhorn and the State of Gay Black America,
Wednesday, Nov. 18; 5:30-7PM

University of Illinois at Chicago
1044 W. Harrison St., Chicago IL
Lecture Hall L285

As part of the Auditorium Theatre’s Billy Strayhorn Festival, we invite you to join us for the final panel discussion examining the legendary jazz musician’s experience as a gay African American man in the middle of the twentieth century, as well as the state of gay black America today.

Moderated by Dr. Auburn Ellis, professor at the School of the Art Institute, the discussion will center on how we can rebuild and maintain strong supports for one of our most fractured communities. Panel participants include social, artistic, and educational scholars of Chicago:  Roderick Hawkins, Director of Communications at Andrea Zopp for Senate, Board of Directors for Lambda Legal, Director of Communications Chicago Urban League; Erick Deshaun Dorris, Arts Education Consultant/Artist; Cassaundra Bails-Mcleod, Network Fine Arts/Community Initiatives Coordinator, Academy of Urban School Leadership; and Michael Ford, Interim Director for Change Management and Chief of Staff for the President of Roosevelt University.

The event is free and open to the public as part of the wider Billy Strayhorn Festival, produced by the Auditorium Theatre.