Follow the Drinking Gourd Gala
Cultivating Pathways to Freedom
A celebration of the Fall Bounty and Urban Growers Collective
Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:30 – 9:00 PM
Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
Valet Parking Available
Tickets: $200 per person / Tables: $2,000 for 10 people
Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Barilla USA.
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Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd
Our logo was inspired by the legacy of the drinking gourd. “Follow the drinkin’ gourd” was a song used by conductors of the underground railroad to guide slaves to freedom using the big dipper, or in African culture, the imagery of the drinking gourd. Using the north star as their guide, enslaved men, women and children fought their way to freedom. We hope that through our work, we honor the stories and sacrifices of our ancestors. By reclaiming activism and growing food, we give the tools to foster resilience, growth and personal freedom.
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