Celebrating Chicagoan, African American Painter Charles White

On April 2, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of African American painter and graphic designer Charles White. According to Roosevelt University professor Erik Gellman in The Black Chicago Renaissance, White not only “applied his art as a weapon in Chicago,” but he discovered a unique appreciation and love for African American history…
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Philip Sang Collection Documents African American Experience

Chicago Public Library recently digitized over 200 items documenting the African American experience. You can see these items in our Philip David Sang Digital Collection. The Sang collection, acquired by CPL in the late 1970s and housed in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection at Woodson Regional Library, consists of a range of materials and…
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Quiz: How Well Do You Know African-American Musicians in Chicago?

Throughout February, we celebrate African American History Month. While you’re probably familiar with The Staple Singers, as we’ve been reading this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection I'll Take You There, we wanted to test your knowledge of other Chicago African American music makers. Take our quiz and find out how much you know…
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#TBT: Celebrating Etta James

One of my all-time favorite songs for a newlywed couple’s first dance is "At Last" by Etta James. Somehow it never gets old. The melodic notes, soaring rifts and gritty tones seem to predict the coming ups and downs of marital bliss, captivating young and old alike. For this Throwback Thursday, we celebrate the phenomenal…
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