Black History Month in Chicago


February 1st marks the start of Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Take the time to educate yourself by visiting museums around the city. 

Chicago History Museum  

Check out the “Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968” exhibition at the Chicago History Museum where it honors key moments of Dr. King’s fight for civil rights, with a special focus on the time he spent in Chicago. The exhibition allows visitors to examine over 25 photos of Martin Luther King Jr.’s activism in Chicago, where he spoke out against Jim Crow Laws and discrimination on the issues of poverty, education, and housing. 

While exiting the exhibit, visitors move to a reflection space where they are invited to think about Dr. King’s impact on American history and how his work for equality remains impactful and important today. 

DuSable Museum of African American History  

Visit Washington Park to explore the nation’s oldest independent African American museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History. Celebrating 60 years, the DuSable Museum shares the rich history of African-Americans through over 15,000 pieces of striking art and historical memorabilia. The museum offers many special exhibitions, educational workshops, and lectures to allow African American History and culture to come to life.  

South Side Community Art Center

Visit the South Side Community Art Center where African American arts and artists are celebrated all year round. Not only is the history of African American Art in the spotlight here, the center also embraces the future by showcasing the works of emerging artists. Educational programs, talks, exhibitions, tours and more complete the calendar.

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