The Hopkins Park underpass has long been a target for graffiti, and its getting painted again, this time legally as volunteers of all ages showed up Tuesday to lend a hand painting shapes and hand prints on the walls. The DeKalb Public Works Department put together a plan for a colorful, geometric mural for the underpass below Sycamore Road that, when completed, will be coated with a protective surface that will make clean up easy.
A Juneteenth celebration was held Saturday near the site of the old Campus Cinema building in DeKalb. The event, which was sponsored by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, the NIU Center for Black Studies and B.L.L.A.C.K. Inc. NFP, featured music, food, activities and social services information.
A free Pride Month event featuring a Pride march, giveaways, art and viewing of the film “Love, Simon” was held Friday in and around the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb. The event was hosted by the Egyptian Theatre, Safe Passage, DeKalb Public Library, Prism NIU, Queer-Oriented Rural Resource Network and the NIU Center for the Study of Women Gender & Sexuality.
Artists Aaron Robertson, Ivy Vargas, Jordan Jacob, and Shannon Gallagher along with City of DeKalb officials and members of the Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission cut the ribbon for the Unity mural Friday afternoon. The mural, in the underpass below Lincoln Highway near Northern Illinois University, depicts images of Civil Rights leaders and the words "peace," "love," and "unity."