How Chicago Celebrates Black History

The month of February is set aside to celebrate the richness that is the history of African-Americans. While this month is ending, there is no reason why celebrating past and present history makers of black history should come to a halt. Fortunately, for Chicagoans, there are plenty of ways to continue the celebration. During the month of March, several upcoming events are going on in the city for all to enjoy.

Remembering Toni Morrison

The African-American Cultural Center at UIC is hosting an exhibit honoring Toni Morrison and her contributions to black literature and the arts. The exhibit began on January 23rd and will end on May 9th at the AACC Library.

FAIE African Art Gallery

Take some time to visit the FAIE African Art Gallery in Bronzeville for a journey through African Art and learn about our ancestral traditions while exploring original work from African artists. Be sure to contact the museum for hours of operation.

Lifting as They Climbed: Tour Making Workshop

Join the co-authors of Lifting as They Climbed on Sunday, March 1st at the Hyde Park Arts Center as they host an interactive workshop that will explore the history of black women who contributed to developing the city of Chicago. Discover the stories of these artists and activists while learning to use digital resources to create your self-guided tours using this guidebook.

The Home Girl Huddle

The Home Girl Huddle movement is hosting a panel discussion with youth and adult women to bring awareness to issues that afflict black women at The Beverly Arts Center. This event is for women only, created in a safe space for those who want to come out and engage in a candid conversation about the state of the black woman.

There are other events and happenings throughout the city during the month of March to continue the celebration of blackness and more to come later in the year. If hanging out isn’t quite the thing for you, take some time to read about unsung heroes of Black History past and present or watch one of the many documentaries, movies, or docuseries that positively portray African-Americans. You can also dine at a black-owned restaurant or simply have a conversation with an elder in your community about their life experiences. No matter what you decide to do, be sure, you take Black History beyond the month of February, and luckily, you live in a city where opportunities to uplift amazing people are endless.


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