| Jan 9, 2012
When Jim Smoote II completed his quilt, called "Obama 44," in time for an exhibition that opened in Washington for the 2009 presidential inauguration, he expected that the exhibit — like others he'd been involved in — would travel widely to...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 9:07 AM
Give the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events this much: It listened to what Chicagoans said they wanted in a Cultural Plan and wrote it down.
And then wrote some more.
Released Monday, the Cultural Plan's 48 pages...
| Nov 2, 2012
The Amazing Mae Ya Carter Ryan returns to WGN Morning News for a second visit after winning Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent competition.
See her Saturday November 10th at the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., Chicago.
For tickets visit...
| Aug 27, 2012
In 1997, Darlene Clark Hine came across an essay in which Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps argued that black Chicago had its own, little-known renaissance that began in the 1930s and rivaled the famous one that occurred in 1920s New York.
| Jun 22, 2012
| 2:24 PM
Earlier this month, Chicago impresario Geraldine de Haas announced that her South ShoreJazzFest -- which has played the South Shore Cultural Center annually since 1981 -- would be canceled.
But a groundswell of support has revived hopes the event will...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 10:19 AM
Anyone ever tell you history is dull, tedious and irrelevant? Not us. And for some particularly fascinating and relevant insights into black history, ditch the textbooks and head to these stage shows, which explore everything from the politics in...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 9:36 AM
The annual South Shore jazz festival, which had been canceled due to lack of sponsorship, will take place after all, according to planners.
Presented under the new name South Shore Jazz Lives: Because Jazz Unites, the event will play Aug. 4 and 5 at...
| Mar 4, 2012
| 5:22 AM
CHICAGO -- Chicago will be celebrating its 175th birthday today.
Sunday marks the day the city was incorporated -- March 4, 1837 -- and there will be events across the city to mark the occasion.
The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. the North...
| Oct 1, 2012
Since the mid-1920s, Ann Hawkins has summered on an idyllic oasis in northwestern Michigan called Idlewild, once known by some as the Martha's Vineyard of the Midwest, but for well-to-do black folk.
She grew up riding horses there, swimming in the...
| Nov 21, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Dr. Margaret Burroughs, the principal founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago's South Side, died today. She was 95. Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs (center) walks with Mayor Richard Daley through the Margaret T. Burroughs Gallery at...
| Nov 21, 2010
| 9:32 PM
Margaret Burroughs, an artist, teacher and longtime Chicago Park District commissioner, started the nationally recognized DuSable Museum of African American History in the living room of her South Side home almost 50 years ago. Mrs. Burroughs helped shape...
| Nov 23, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Leading man: David Duchovny said he won't be in the L.A. production of Neil LaBute's "The Break of Noon" at the Geffen Playhouse. The play recently opened off-Broadway. (Showbiz 411) Home again: A painting from the art collection of murdered......