Salute to Black History Month in Chicago! ✊

February is Black History Month, and Chicago, its birthplace, offers a vibrant tapestry of events and experiences to celebrate the rich contributions of the Black community.

Here are some ways you can join the celebration:

Immerse yourself in history:

Bronzeville: Take a self-guided walking tour of Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood renowned for its significant African American figures and landmarks. Visit the Monument to the Great Northern Migration, the Bronzeville Walk of Fame, and the Ida B. Wells-Barnett House.
Chicago History Museum: Attend their Family Event on February 9th for artmaking activities inspired by African American art and stories.
DuSable Museum of African American History: Explore their permanent exhibitions and special programs highlighting Black achievement and culture.

Engage with the arts:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Experience the CSO’s Black History Month celebration featuring diverse composers and artists.
Victory Gardens Theater: See their production of “Pass Over,” a powerful play exploring themes of race and power.
Green Mill Cocktail Lounge: Immerse yourself in the legacy of jazz at this iconic venue, a mainstay of Chicago’s vibrant music scene.

Support local businesses:

Bronzeville Collective: Discover unique handcrafted goods and artwork from Black vendors.
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery: Browse their curated selection of books by and about Black authors.
Soulful Chicago: Explore their website for a comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses in various industries.

Attend community events:

Black History Month Community Celebration at Taylor Park: Enjoy performances, activities, and vendors celebrating Black culture.
Chicago Public Library Black History Month Programs: Participate in author talks, film screenings, and discussions hosted by different branches.
Black Girls Rock! Chicago: Celebrate and empower young Black women through this inspirational event.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Remember, Black History Month is a time for reflection, education, and action.

7 Ways to Honor Black History Month
  1. Educate Yourself on the Black History in Your Community.
  2. Visit a Black or African-American History Museum.
  3. Learn about Black Music History.
  4. Read Books Written by Black Authors.
  5. Watch Films or Videos by Black Creators.
  6. Support Black-owned Businesses.
  7. Support Influential Black-led Nonprofits.

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