The Legacy Wall Comes to Creating Change 2016
Making its conference debut at Creating Change 2016, “The Legacy Wall” is a traveling tradeshow-sized iteration of Chicago’s award-winning “Legacy Walk” outdoor LGBT History Museum which spans one-half mile of Boystown on Chicago’s north side. “The Wall” features the stories of LGBT people from all walks of life throughout history who have contributed in over 20 distinct fields. The content is international and multicultural, and has been substantially vetted and sourced.
This wonderfully positive and inspiring exhibit tells the stories behind such figures as social justice pioneer Jane Addams, civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin, British mathematician Alan Turing, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, astronaut Sally Ride, iconic artist Michelangelo, and Fr. Mychal Judge – the “Saint of 9/11.” In all 125 individual biographical elements on the Legacy Wall are digitally linked to the organization’s cloud-based NFC (Near Field Communication) portal which brings multimedia and education tools directly to the user’s smartphone. The NFC portal ties the Legacy Wall and the Legacy Walk to the Legacy Project Education Initiative – a robust collection of lesson plans, study guides, and resources that make accessing detailed information about the people it profiles easy.
In cooperation with its partners at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, the Legacy Project works to share the contributions of historically significant LGBT role models with youth, whose social isolation and cultural marginalization have left them vulnerable to bullying and loss of self-esteem. Raising awareness of the roles LGBT people have played in shared human history has been proven to lessen the incidence of all forms of bullying in our schools by encouraging a culture of mutual respect and tolerance.
The Legacy Wall is 24’ long x 8’ tall x 6’ deep; it had its public premiere in Illinois’s capitol city of Springfield during October 2015 (LGBT History Month). Creating Change 2016 is one of the stops on its 15-month tour of this state before going national in 2017. The goal of the Legacy Wall is to take the powerful lessons of our history into remote communities to raise cultural awareness, to promote a feeling of safety and belonging in the classroom, and to give our young people hope by improving their outlook on life. The installation is endorsed by the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois State Library, the Illinois Department of Tourism, and Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.
The Legacy Project is a Chicago-based 501(c)3 non-profit committed to researching and celebrating the
contributions Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people have made to world history and culture. We encourage you to check out THE LEGACY WALL at Creating Change 2016 from Thursday to Saturday January 21-23 in the Grand Ballroom Exhibit Space.
To learn more about the Legacy Wall you can click HERE.
by Victor Salvo, Founder and Executive Director, The Legacy Project