Celebrate Black History Month at the DuSable Museum
By DuSable Museum of African American History
Jan 31, 2004, 15:22

CHICAGO -- The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate Black History Month with an assortment of exciting exhibitions, educational activities and programs. Films, musical performances, and lectures are all on the schedule. All activities will take place at the Museum which is located at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street at South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago's Washington Park.

Admission to the DuSable Museum is $3 for adults, $2 for all students and $1 for children ages 6 through 12. Children under the age of 6 are free and Sundays are FREE TO ALL.


McSween Meets King: A Civil Rights Story - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement is shared through memories of Cirilo A. McSween, a successful Chicago entrepreneur who earned the trust and respect of King while serving as the National Treasurer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). McSween excelled in athletics, banking and insurance, and was a major behind-the-scenes supporter of several high-profile political campaigns, including the Presidential bids of the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Mayoral campaign of the late Mayor Harold Washington. This biographical exhibition illustrates the importance of achieving success, supporting political leadership and giving back to the community. This exhibition was made possible by support from the Chicago Park District, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Mac Arthur Foundation and the Alphawood Foundation.

Bronzeville: Black Chicago In Pictures, 1941-1943 - Chicago's "Bronzeville" was the capital of Black America in the 1940's. This traveling exhibition from New York City's International Center for Photography was curated by Maren Stange and organized by Cynthia Fredette. These documentary historic photographs of Bronzeville present a rare opportunity to view images captured by four photographers working in the famed Farm Security Administration (FSA). Writer Richard Wright and Chicago-based sociologist Horace Clayton shaped this compelling project. This exhibition sponsored by The Joyce Foundation.


Monday, February 2 at 10:00 AM
"A CONVERSATION WITH HARRY LENNIX" - Actor Harry J. Lennix, Jr. will discuss the art of acting and the entertainment business following a presentation of the Showtime original film, "Keep the Faith, Baby," the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Please call (773) 947-0600 ext. 225.

Saturday, February 7 at 2:00 PM
"BRONZEVILLE BLUES & VIEWS" - Join Chicago's own Blues musician Fernando Jones as he tells the story of the Blues in Bronzeville through excerpts from the play "Blues For Jesus."

Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 PM
"AFRO PUNK" - Columbia College and The DuSable Museum collaborate to present "Black Images on Screen. Films and discussions about and by African Americans. "Afro Punk" by James Spooner explores race identity within the punk scene. It tackles such issues as loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and Black power in a mostly white community. A discussion with the writer and producer of the film will follow immediately.

Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 PM
"MILITARY ACADEMY CHOIR & BAND" - These young students will play and sing music that was developed out of the Bronzeville community. This musical tribute will take you through the 1940's up to present day.
Free with Museum Admission

Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 PM
"BRONZEVILLE: SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN" - Join the Children of Bronzeville in a screening and discussion that tells the story of Bronzeville as seen through the eyes of children. FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION.

Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 PM
"TRUTH & SOUL: Black Talk In A Chicago Barbershop" - For many years Black hair has been the topic of social and cultural issues in our community. Author Melissa Harris-Lovelace (Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago), will discuss her research and upcoming book on Black barbershops. This is collaboration with the Graham School of General Studies of the University of Chicago.


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