Second Floor - Veterans Room

Practice ACT Test-FULL REGISTRATION

High school students can sign up for this free, fully proctored, full-length (about 3.5 hours) practice ACT test sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep. Students will learn what to expect in a test-like environment and receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.

All openings for this event have been filled. But feel free to sign up for the wait list, and we will notify you if any spots become available.

Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator.

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Created Equal Panel Discussion: What Did It Take to Integrate Oak Park Schools?

Join Robert Giles, Galen Gockel and Marion Hogenboom to learn how 45 Oak Park citizens came together in the 1970s to create a plan to successfully integrate Oak Park's elementary schools. Giles wrote his EdD dissertation on this plan after attending dozens of school board meetings and citizen committee meetings. Gockel recognized that Oak Park's elementary school district was not prepared for the pending in-migration of African-American children to what was in 1971 an all-white and very conservative town.

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Created Equal Panel Discussion: Why Oak Park Needs a Housing Center in 2014

Join Rob Breymaier, Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, along with Morgan Davis, Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, and former Housing Center Board President Glenn Brewer, to learn the crucial role the Housing Center still plays today in Oak Park.

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Local Author Kathryn Atwood: "Code Name Pauline"

Celebrate Women's History Month! Learn about one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters when local author Kathryn Atwood shares stories from the book, "Code Name Pauline." Pearl Witherington, age 29, parachuted into France to aid the French Resistance as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in September, 1943. Eventually, she rose to command 3,500 French Resistance fighters. This book contains never-before-published photographs from Pearl's personal collection.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "The Butler"

Join film historian Doug Deuchler to view and discuss "The Butler." As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents over three decades as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam War and other major events affect this man's life family and American society. Lee Daniels directed a cast which includes Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey, Forest Whitaker and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Freedom Riders"

The Freedom Riders of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. From veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who risked everything to challenge segregation in the Deep South.

This film, the last of four documentaries, is part of the grant-funded "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film screenings, lectures and discussion forums which continues through March 29.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Mississippi Burning"

Join film historian Doug Deuchler to see and discuss "Mississippi Burning," the film story of two FBI agents who struggle to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small southern town while investigating the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. This film is based on an actual case.

This film, the second of three feature films, is part of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film, panel discussions and author programs which continues through March.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Slavery by Another Name"

Join Erik Gellman, PhD, Roosevelt University to see and discuss this film based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same title by Douglas A. Blackmon. Even as slavery ended in the south after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thsands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II.

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Created Equal Panel: Black and White, Oak Park Love Stories

Meet George and Linda Bailey along with other Oak Park couples who fell in love decades ago and followed their hearts. It wasn't easy in the 1960 to want to marry a person of another race. Hear the stories from people who did that many years ago -- what they faced then, what it was like to raise bi-racial children in Oak Park.

"Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle" is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its "Bridging Cultures" initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Created Equal Documentary Film Series: "The Loving Story"

Join George Bailey, PhD, Columbia College Chicago, to see this moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving. This couple was arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, "Loving vs Virginia"(1967) which overturned anti-miscengenation laws in the U.S.

This film, the second of four documentaries, is part of the grant-funded "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film, panel discussions and author programs which continues through March.

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