Honoring Black History Month

Learn about Black History Month at these Chicago locations

February is Black History Month. Initially founded in 1915 by historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month was started to honor the achievements and central role of African Americans in U.S history. To learn more about the history, along with Chicago’s black history, stop by these Chicago locations!

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Learn more about black history at the Dusable Museum of African American History in Hyde Park. The museum  — named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the “Founder of Chicago”  — highlights influential African Americans in Chicago and the larger United States. For Black History Month, the museum is featuring matinee performances on African American history along with extending their exhibit “Chicago: A Southern Exposure.” Only a 15 minute drive from AMLI 900!

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Enjoy a performance from the Black Ensemble Theatre! Over 40 years old, the theatre is known for its community outreach and original productions. Current plays include Hail Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, Women of Soul, and Rick Stone: The Blues Man. Only a 15 minute ride on the 22 bus from Kent!

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Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in celebrating Black History Month with their African American Network’s “Identity of Color” event. The organization will be screening the 1927 silent film The Scar of Shame, featuring music by composer Renee Baker. The film depicts conflict between differing classes and how this separation specifically affects black women. Only a 10 minute walk from 73 East Lake or an 11 minute walk from MILA apartments.

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Stop by the Chicago History Museum to view their new exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” The exhibit is the first national exhibition to tell stories of race from biological, cultural, and historical contexts, including analyzing race and racism in the United States. “Race” looks at how the means of categorization fosters community and identity, but also exclusion and oppression. Only a 10 minute ride on the 22 bus from Kent, or a 13 minute walk from the Belden Stratford.