Welcome to El-Amin Life Productions Cultural Institute

Directors Nettie Johnson and Muntheru Shah networking 1994 Kwanzaa at the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Detroit, Mi.

Our Mission


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Let’s build a Cultural Awareness Institute in Chicago, Illinois and broaden the horizons for social development using the fine arts of communication.  Cultivate a global mind from within El-Amin Life Productions Cultural Institute.

African Descendants


 This aspect of the Cultural Awareness Program will be specialized to target community development and offer projects that will encourage young minds to appreciate the finer qualities in life. From this base sense of self awareness can be established. There will be neighborhood interaction to present alternative activities for youth interested in science, economics or entertainment such as: Theater, Dance, Poetry, Creative Writing, Music, Painting, Arts and Crafts. 

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Afro-Descendants Indigenous People in the Americas TRANSCULTURAL AWARENESS INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

 This can be a center of higher learning for the performing arts student and people interested in the Fine Arts. There will be courses in Ethnomusicology, Music Appreciation, and Historical Afro-Descendants Indigenous People in the United States of America Contributions to Human Social Development: Contemporary Music, Music Theory, Traditional African Music, and African Influences in World Music will also be offered. The life-styles of various influential people; Ethnic Foods, Clothing as fashion, Art, Crafts, Housing Architecture, and religion are all parts of the culture of a people. Here the student will study how culture is translated, transported, transferred to become aware of how a cultural synthesis can be significant from a Global Perspective in understanding the need for diversity. 

African Contributions To World Civilization


Despite suffering through the horrific system of slavery, sharecropping and the Jim Crow era, early African-Americans made countless contributions to science and technology (1). This lineage and culture of achievement, though, emerged at least 40,000 years ago in Africa. Unfortunately, few of us are aware of these accomplishments, as the history of Africa, beyond ancient Egypt, is seldom publicized.

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Executive Director:

Muntheru S.M. Shah also known as

 Warner R.B. Shaw Jr. 

El-Amin Life Productions Cultural Institute

1882 W. Palm Dr., Apt 398, Mount Prospect, IL 60056, USA

(847) 690-1532

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Jean Baptiste Pointe De Sable Founder Of Chicago.


The first permanent settlement was founded in 1781 by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African American from Santo Domingo. The location at the mouth of the Chicago river was chosen for its strategic value for a trading post as the river connected the Lake with the Mississippi river.

 After going ashore in New Orleans following an injury at sea, Haitian sailor Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable made his way north to avoid being captured as a slave. He established himself as an accomplished trader, and then built the first permanent home in an area around Lake Michigan called Eschikagou. This trading post was later renamed Chicago. In 1968 Du Sable was officially declared the Founder of Chicago and a stamp with his image was issued for the 150th birthday of the city. 

Reversal of the Chicago River

The Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles (251 km) that runs through the city of Chicago, including its center (the Chicago Loop). Though not especially long, the river is notable because it is one of the reasons for Chicago's geographic importance: the related Chicago Portage is a link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. (read more...)