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Have you ever wondered how Black History Month got its start? Did you know the celebration has Chicago roots? Check out the “Origins of Black History Month,” by Daryl Michael Scott, Professor of History at Howard University, and learn more about Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History” and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life. If you’re more inclined to explore by tour you’re in luck because twice a month, staff from The Renaissance Collective lead guided tours of the former Wabash YMCA in the Bronzeville neighborhood where Woodson and his peers first came up with the idea for an annual celebration of Black history.
Once again, our partners at Choose Chicago have gathered a list of activities and destinations to help you navigate Black History Month celebrations throughout Chicago. Highlights include:
The Triibe, “a digital media platform that is reshaping the narrative of Black Chicago and giving ownership back to the people” and a resource well worth exploring in its own right, also highlights 5 Black History events to enrich your knowledge.
Working in the Schools, a local nonprofit that provides mentoring resources to students throughout the city also gathered a page full of resources like their list of Ten Nonfiction books written by and about African Americans and their previous compilation Celebrating History with Eight Biographies.
Check out the University of Chicago Smart Museum of Art’s upcoming (opening February 15) exhibit on visionary African American painter, Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine.
On Saturday February 26th, the Museum of Science and Industry will host a Black Creativity Career Showcase, featuring African American artists, scientists, and engineers at work in Chicago right now
Chicago is home to hundreds of black-owned and operated businesses and there are two wonderful websites that list them for you in different formats:
For those who’d rather ‘Celebrate from Home:’