Congratulations to Andre Cardine for qualifying for the National History Day
competition in Washington D.C. (June 9-14). His one-man performance entitled
“Great Black Music is Ancient to the Future” highlights the importance and impact
of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Founded in
1965 here in Chicago this internationally renowned collective group of musicians and
composers dedicated themselves to nurturing, performing, and recording serious
original music. The AACM also takes pride in developing new generations of talent
through the AACM School of Music. Andre has been working on this project since
November and has put in countless hours of research, analysis, and originality into
his unique performance.
Congratulations to junior Kandis Sullivan for qualifying and participating in the state
competition for the Chicago History Fair. Her project entitled, The Bud Billiken
Club, took an in depth look into the formation and importance of this children-
focused section of the massively important Chicago Defender Newspaper. Through
her extensive research, analysis, and tireless effort, she created a project which
showcased the important tenements of this club—education, hard work, respect
to parents and adults, and thrift. Through her research she also discovered her
grandfather was a early member of this club as he fondly recalled how much he
enjoyed participating in it and helping to start (and later establish) the Bud Billiken
Parade, a staple to Chicago-area residents.
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