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Ida B. Wells, Soul Food And More To Be Discussed At Bronzeville’s Chicago Humanities Festival Sessions

"Overlooked: Ida B. Wells" will bring together reporters and a descendant of Ida B. Wells to talk about the famed Chicago journalist and activist.

The Chicago Humanities Festival will have four events Friday in Bronzeville, including ones focused on singer Billie Holiday (left), the work of chef Darius Williams (center) and reporter Ida B. Wells (right).
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Humanities Festival is bringing talks about history, soul food and poetry to four spots across Bronzeville on Friday.

The citywide festival’s Bronzeville events will feature sessions focused on racial justice in ways that “bring together community memory, identity, historical narratives and storytelling,” according to the website.

Writers will talk about investigative journalist and activist Ida B. Wells, chef Darius Williams will explain how he built a food empire out of his grandma’s recipes and a professor will show how digital tools are helping people learn more about singer Billie Holiday, among other things.

The events run during the evening Friday, but the Humanities Festival continues with various sessions around the city until Nov. 11.

Here’s the Bronzeville lineup:

• “Overlooked: Ida B. Wells” will bring together reporters and a descendant of Ida B. Wells to talk about the famed Chicago journalist and activist. This session runs 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Drive.

• “Kazim Ali: Inquisition” will focus on poet and writer Kazim Ali, a professor at Oberlin College, and his new collection of poetry, “Inquisition.” This session runs 6-7 p.m. at Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St.

• “Mapping Billie Holiday” will look at how Lawrence Jackson, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, is creating detailed interactive maps that trace singer Billie Holiday’s life in Baltimore. This session runs 6-7 p.m. at Blanc, 4445 S. King Drive.

• “Darius Cooks at Peach’s” will showcase the talents of Darius Williams, a chef and restaurateur who’s built a large social media following. Williams and local chef Cliff Rome will talk about how Williams built his following. This session runs 6-7 p.m. at Peach’s Restaurant, 4652 S. King Drive.

Tickets to the sessions are available online.