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Chicago African-American cultural happenings

The Chicago Cultural Center, in celebration of African American History month, has sponsored several cultural lectures as well as films which will be held at various sites around the city. The DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting a film series in the month of February in conjunction with the Sankofa Spirit team.  

Bronx Princess, a film in the series, follows the life of a 17-year-old girl named Rocky who leaves behind her mother in New York City in order to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana. This coming-of-age story also tells the tale of a girl searching for her African heritage and her quest for the truth. 

The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first independent museum in the United States dedicated to the experience of African-Americans. Founded in 1961, the goal of the museum was to open up a space for the promotion of cultural understanding and harmony, while rectifying the absence of African-American history in public education. The museum serves as a source of pride to several audiences, including the Chicago African American community. This museum presents programs and exhibitions that address universal themes of freedom and opportunity through the eyes of the African-American experience. 

The museum is located at 740 E. 56th Pl. (57th St. and Cottage Grove Ave.) and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. For more information, visit:

Another museum of African-American history, located in Chicago, is the A. Philip Randolph Porter Museum. Founded by Lyn Hughes in 1995, the museum is the first African-American labor history museum in the United States. This museum pays tribute to A. Philip Randolph, one of the most influential African-American leaders in history and the Pullman Paters, an African-American railroad union. Their pioneering efforts created the first true union of African-American workers, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Their struggle in America's early labor movement also helped to further the quest for civil rights in the U.S.  For more information, visit:

Finally, for those wishing to research or simply visit archival material on Chicago's history, the place to visit is The History Makers. The largest African-American video oral history archive in the world, this archive has amassed a collection of more than 1,800 interviews of unknown and famous African-Americans who have made significant contributions to their respective fields, society and history.  The focus of this archive is on the contributions of African Americans in history, education, music, law, the arts, science, technology, the media, medicine, entertainment, business, the military, politics and sports. The national headquarters of The History Makers is located in Chicago and is open (by appointment only) to those interested in the collection and contributing to its successful development.  For more information, visit:

These are but a few of the historical centers dedicated in Chicago to the development of African-American culture and history. These centers help to create an atmosphere conducive to the inclusion of African-American history, art and culture in the Chicagoland area. Celebrating African-American history month in February, these cultural happenings bring to life the rich heritage of African American History in Chicago. 


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