Now in its eleventh year, Coming Together brings life to the cultural diversity in our community by examining the journeys people took to get to Niles Township. Supported by institutions throughout Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, and Lincolnwood, which are among the most diverse communities in the country, Coming Together has celebrated the multitude of cultures that call these communities home over the past ten years.
Central to these communities are the stories of what brought residents to Niles Township. Some are journeys of recent immigration, others of being transported to these lands against their will. Still others are journeys of fleeing oppression or relocating to seek greater prosperity. These journeys are as central to the residents of Niles Township as are the cultures they embrace and celebrate. Coming Together will explore something all community members have in common: our Journeys to Niles Township.
Coming Together is a community partnership among Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Niles. The project builds bridges of knowledge and understanding between people of different groups and ages. Each year Coming Together highlights a different topic, with an emphasis on literacy, cross-cultural awareness, and community-building.
Past cultures that have been celebrated by Coming Together include Asian-Indians,
Filipinos, Assyrians, Greeks, Koreans, “Voices of Race,” Latinos/Hispanics, Chinese, Muslim American Cultures, and in 2019, Polish Culture.
The annual opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 26 at Niles West High School, 5701 West Oakton, Skokie. Beginning at 1 p.m., guests can enjoy cultural and historical displays, hands-on activities and refreshments. The program begins in the auditorium promptly at 2 p.m. The event is Free and open to the public.
Free activities and programs continue for six weeks, including book discussions, film screenings, craft and cooking demonstrations, and other events highlighting immigration, migration, local history, community resources, and current events.
Central to the Coming Together mission is literacy, with a variety of books selected each year to help develop a deeper understanding of the featured topic. Discussion questions are available in the brochure and online at ComingTogether.in. This year’s books include:
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker
Upper Elementary (6-8)
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Middle Elementary (3-5)
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Lower Elementary (K-2)
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
The Little Red Stroller by Joshua Furst, illustrated by Katy Wu
For more information, including event details, please visit ComingTogether.in.
Coming Together Co-Chairs
Samina Hussain, District 219