Back-to-school event Saturday

Congressman Danny Davis’ annual back-to-school event starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 with a parade, followed by a book bag giveaway at noon at Columbus Park. Free health screenings and COVID testing also will be available,

Boys and Girls Club opening in Austin

A new club will open next month at Austin College and Career Academy High School, serving 40 to 50 students after school. There are also clubs at Austin High School, Brunson Math and Science Speciality Elementary School and John Hay Community Academy.

Back-to-school parade in Austin today

Don’t miss the largest back-to-school community event on the West Side. It takes place from 12 to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, 5101 W. Harrison St.

Improving education in Illinois

Legislation signed into law last week by Gov. J.B. Pritzker expands already required Black history coursework to include pre-enslavement of Black people, why Black people came to be enslaved and the American Civil Rights renaissance. The new law – a key part of the Illinois Black Caucus’ legislative agenda – also increases the percentage of grant funds prioritized for Black males and incorporates consideration of financial need in awarding grants, among other improvements to higher education.