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22 | February 16, 2017 | The highland park landmark faith hplandmark.com SAVE THE DATE 10am - 2pm Saturday, Feb. 25th Sunset Ridge School 525 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield Activities include: • Meet with day camps, overnight camps, sports camps, arts camps and more! • Free Face Painting and Balloon Artist (10:30 am - 1:30 pm) • Free cotton candy • Games for children FREE PARKING! FREE ADMISSION! For more info: (847) 272-4565 www.22ndcenturymedia.com/camp Faith Briefs Christ Church (1713 Green Bay Road, Highland Park) Weeknight Service A new service has started on Thursday Nights in the church’s new coffee bar. It is not your traditional church service, instead it provides space for you to bring your thoughts and questions. Coffee Bar is open 6:30-9 p.m., service is 7-8 p.m. Email Dan at dsyvertsen@cclf.org MOPS at Highland Park Campus MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a In Memoriam John A. Kisel John A. Kisel, 69, died Feb. 7. Kisel was born on Aug. 9, 1947. He was a resident of Highland Park, Illinois. A visitation was held on Feb. 11 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church, 770 Deerfield Road, Highland Park. Entombment Vernon Township Cemetery in Lincolnshire. Mary Linenthal Mary Linenthal, 99, of Centerville, Ohio, formerly of Highland Park, passed away Jan. 19. She was born Mary Elizabeth Annerl on Aug. 14, 1917 in Philadelphia to Mary Boland and Joseph Annerl. She had one sister, Betty. In 1938 Mary married Elmer “Bob” Whitman. They had four children, Robert, Mary Jo, Craig and Clyde. The Whitmans lived in Milwaukee, Wis. for more than 15 years where Linenthal was very active in the Boy Scouts. Through this affiliation, she made many little confusing so let’s just stick with “MOPS.” We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world. MOPS meets 9-11 a.m. on the first and third Friday of the month. Email mopscchp@gmail. com for more info. dear, lifelong friends. After her husband “Bob” died, she met and married Jack Linenthal. They had one daughter, Jackie. Mary and Jack lived in Highland Park for more than 20 years where she was actively involved in the PTA, scouting and other organizations. She was also a successful realtor. It was not uncommon for Linenthal’s clients to become her friends. When Linenthal retired from real estate, she and her husband moved to Woodstock, where she resided for 20 years. She became very involved in the community including the Friends of the Opera House and Friends of the Library as well as other organizations. She also made changes to her 100-yearold Woodstock home to qualify it as a historical “plaque house.” Linenthal has resided in Centerville, Ohio since 2002. She had a big heart and was always willing to help anyone who needed Congregation Solel (1301 Clavey Road, Highland Park) Torah Study From 9:15-10:15 a.m. every Saturday morning there will be a Torah study at Congregation Solel. You can come in the morning to kick off your weekend with a Torah study and then stay throughout the morning at Solel for subsequent activities and fun. For more information, go to www.solel.org, or call (847) 433-3555. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park) Job Network Meeting Beth El Job Network is in business. The Network meets every Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the library. If you are unemployed, under-employed, changing jobs, entering or re-entering the work force please join us. Call (847) 432-6994 or email JoAnne Blumberg at JoAnneB1729@gmail.com. Two Faiths, One Roof assistance. She was full of energy and was very creative. She loved history, reading and antiques. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, home decorating, cooking and baking. Her pies and cakes were legendary. Linenthal made quilts for all of her children and grandchildren. She loved her family dearly and did everything in her power to support them. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Betty; her husband, Bob; her husband Jack; and two sons, Robert and Craig. She is survived by her children, Mary Jo (Eric) Padderud, Clyde Whitman, Jackie (Rob) Tambone. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Adams, Amy (Scott) Weger, Daniel (Christine) Padderud, Michelle Whitman, Nicholas Tambone, Vincent Tambone; and seven greatgrandchildren. Linenthal will be missed by her family and all who knew her. A private memorial service Two-FOR is a group for Jewish-Christian families for learning and fellowship. Childcare is provided so parents can engage in their own learning and conversation, while children can hear a story and make a craft for their own experience. For more information, contact Rabbi Ari at arim@interfaithfamily.com. Submit information for The Landmark’s Faith page to Courtney Jacquin at courtney@hplandmark.com. The deadline is noon on Thursday. Questions? Call (847) 272-4565 ext. 34. will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Leonard Health Care Center and Hospice of Dayton for their compassionate care. If desired, contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, OH 45420. Thomas Loughlin Thomas Loughlin, of Highland Park, passed away in February 2017. A visitation will be held 5-9 p.m. Feb. 17 at Kelley Spalding Funeral Home, 1787 Deerfield Road. A funeral service will be held on 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at Kelley Spalding Funeral Home. Interment Northshore Garden of Memories, North Chicago. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email courtney@hplandmark.com with information about a loved one who was part of the Highland Park/Highwood community.

hplandmark.com life & arts the highland park landmark | February 16, 2017 | 23 One-man show brings civil rights movement to life for Highland Park students Katie Copenhaver Freelance Reporter Black history took center stage in the play, “Breach of Peace”, on Feb. 9 at Elm Place School to teach students about segregation. Eighth-graders from all three of Highland Park’s middle schools watched playwright and actor Mike Wiley’s multimedia performance about the Civil Rights Freedom Riders of 1961. Wiley portrayed all of the characters in the play, accompanied by a motion and still picture montage of the actual activists, with occasional audio of them speaking. The appearance of one character, John Lewis, offered a connection between history and the present. Lewis was 21 when he became one of the original 13 Freedom Riders who planned to travel from Washington D.C to New Orleans in May 1961. The Freedom Riders planned to challenge the non-enforcement of two Supreme Court decisions that banned segregated interstate bus travel. He described how he and his fellow travelers were almost burned to death on a bus in one town and beaten in several other towns. They were also arrested and jailed a few times in Alabama and Mississippi, on charges ranging from trespassing, unlawful assembly, violating local and state Jim Crow laws (which stood in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings), and “breach of peace.” Now a U.S. representative from Georgia, Lewis recently made headlines by boycotting the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. “This assembly will bring up some interesting class discussions,” said Social Studies Teacher Michael Buss, in regard to Lewis’ story and the play’s other historical accounts. The activists grew to approximately 300 as their trip on Greyhound and Trailways buses continued through the south. As they stopped in various towns, they were often met with mob violence, organized by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups and supported by local law enforcement. One of their most notorious opponents was Birmingham’s police commissioner, Bull Connor, who was first shown on film and then portrayed by Wiley, as he rallied white citizens to keep the color lines in place and attack the Freedom Riders when they came to town. Wiley based the play on true accounts from the surviving participants, who included young men and women, both black and white. Their mug shots from various Southern cities were part of the montage behind Wiley as he told their stories of bravery and determination in the face of violence most of the young audience has not experienced. Activists James Farmer, who initiated the freedom rides, and James Lawson, an advocate of nonviolent resistance to racism, were also among the characters in the play. Martin Luther King Jr. met with the Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., but would not go with them into Mississippi for fear of being killed, yet his directive stayed with them: “Our conscience tells us that the law is wrong.” “Breach of Peace” is a condensed version of his longer ensemble play, “The Parchman Hour,” Wiley explained during his question and answer session with the students following the performance. They asked Wiley a number of thoughtful questions, including what in his background led him to write and perform plays about the Civil Rights Movement. “My grandmother was a maid for white people in the 1940s and ‘50s, and partly into the ‘60s, and then became a school teacher,” Wiley said. But, even more than that, his great-grandfather had been one of the first African- American landowners in Virginia after the Civil War, but the land was taken away from him by a court ruling, which gave it to a white man, a practice that was fairly common. “I feel like what I’m doing in some way makes up for his loss,” Wiley said. Students also wondered how Wiley chooses which stories to tell, to which he explained that several ideas have come from audience suggestions. He added that his audiences vary, depending on whether they are in schools or professional theaters and in urban or rural communities. At some schools he visits, he realizes the students are unaware of the segregation that took place in the south and the ensuing Civil Rights Movement and that his performance might be their only lesson on that subject. Winter reading is here. Chicagoly’s winter issue is out now. Follow up for more at Chicagolymag.com

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