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Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality

Founded in 1968, ABLE has promoted cultural awareness in the Knox and Galesburg communities for more than 40 years by raising issues that impact people of African descent. ABLE addresses issues unique to African Americans and the interaction between races. The group also serves as an added support service for the diverse student body at Knox College.

Past events ABLE

  • The annual Cultural Bar-B-Q Jam
  • A formal dinner and dance
  • Afrikan Centered Theatre group performances
  • Homecoming receptions
  • Black History Month programs
  • A variety of speakers and programs such as Estillo, a hip hop ensemble, and Bakari Kitwana, author of Hip Hop Nation
  • Attending the annual Association for Black Cultural Centers' National Conference, with students sponsored by ABLE

Black History Month
Organizing events for Black History Month is one of ABLE'S most important activities. Black History Month events have featured: ABLE at International Fair

  • Movie nights
  • A presentation on the western Illinois Underground Railroad
  • A jazz concert featuring Knox alumna Semenya McCord '71
  • An open mic night
  • "Dream Alive," a dramatic one-man tribute to the Reverend Martin Luther King featuring Joe Rogers
  • Men's and women's appreciation dinners

ABLE has been a long standing establishment at Knox and looks forward to serving the community for many years to come.