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ABLE (Allied Blacks for Liberty & Equality)


Niky Washington '20


2 East South Street

Galesburg, Il 61401


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A student "barn dance" in the Oak Room.

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

  • 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
  • Networking opportunities with the Knox College Black Alumni Network (BAN).

Black History Month

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

  • Movie nights
  • A presentation on the western Illinois Underground Railroad
  • A jazz concert featuring Knox alumna Semenya McCord '71
  • An open mic night
  • 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.

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