Chicagoland is commonly referred to as the melting pot of the Midwest due to its vast diversity. The beauty of this diversity is exemplified during Black History Month, which takes place annually during the month of February. Varying from special exhibits and dinners to movie festivals, there are events citywide, which celebrate Black History Month.
The DuSable Museum of African American History located at 740 East 56th Place in Chicago is one of the oldest running African American Museums in the United States. Teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs founded the museum in 1961. The museum celebrates African and African American culture and history. They have numerous events throughout the year including lectures, book signings, musical performances and other special events. Another great feature of the museum is the Youth Program, which puts on musicals and other educational events to expand the knowledge of African and African American history.
Now through March 30th, 2014, The DuSable Museum of African American History is featuring an exhibit titled “ The Endangered Species: A visual response to the Vanishing Black Man.” Raub Welch, the exhibit artist wrote the following statement about his piece, “My exhibit aims to interrogate these prejudices, reassess our own predispositions, and redefine the black male as an entity that is beautifully complex, and longing for humanity.” For information on the exhibit as well as other museum features, visit http://www.dusablemuseum.org/.
The Museum of Science and Industry located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
also participates in Black History Month with their annual Juried Art Exhibition and a new Innovation Studio. The event invites students, teachers, families and the public to explore the legacy of rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans. The exhibit will run through March 1st. For more information on this exhibit and others at the museum, visit http://www.msichicago.org/.
Another great source for Black History Month activities is the Chicagoland radio station, WVON-AM. Along with daily radio programs, they will also be hosting Black Heritage Film Festival every Wednesday night in February at 7pm at the ICON Theatre at the Roosevelt Collection. For a list of featured films, visit http://bit.ly/1ipRLFg.