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Black History Month in Chicago 2009

by kpeoples on February 1st, 2009

February is Black History Month.' Black History Month is the brainchild of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.' He began Negro History Week in February 1926 and it evolved from there.' Being in Chicago during February affords you a lot of opportunities to learn about African American History.' There is much to learn even if you are not African American.' It is a chance to learn about each other.

  • The DuSable Museum of African American History will exhibit Red, White, Blue and Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces which will take us from the Revolutionary War on up through history.'

  • The Chicago Park District will present music, art, exhibits and poetry to commemorate Black History Month. Events will be held at the South Shore Cultural Center, Homan Square Park, Washington Park and Brainerd Park.'

  • Visit the Green Revolution at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Museum will exhibit contributions of African Americans in ecology and conservationism.'

  • Victory Garden’s Theater will present Living Green a tribute to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”-

  • The National Postal Museum presents Black History Month Family Celebrations on February 21st. The exhibits included will be a history of African Americans in the postal service. You can even sort the mail in a Railway post office and meet real postal inspectors.'

  • The Chicago Children’s Choir will have a Black History Month Concert at Presont Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center with choirs from all around the city.'

  • The East Chicago Public Library will celebrate Black History Month displaying NAACP and President Barack Obama memorabilia.'

  • Columbia College Chicago presents a lecture by actor and author Hill Harper in the Film Row Cinema on South Wabash.'

  • The Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will present How We Did It: Successful Black Women Share Their Stories. The program is sponsored by Barack Ferrazzano Kirshbaum and Nagelberg LLP and Sam’s Club with panelists Alice Berry, Shirley Evans, and Susan McKeever.'

  • Navy Pier celebrates Black History month with an exhibit that celebrates African American pioneers including President Barack Obama.

There is plenty to do and see.' Hopefully the weather will hold up.'

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