2016 Great Migration Centennial Commission

2016 Great Migration Centennial Commission Commemorative Commission to celebrate the 2016 Great Migration Centennial Celebration The Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission, a 501c3 non profit, meets the criteria of the National Park Service to be acknowledged as a National Heritage Area for its significant story of The Great Migration.
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Chicago's historic Black Belt is a candidate for congressional designation and passed a resolution with the State of Illinois to commemorate The Great Migration (1916-2016), The largest and single most important movement of people to ever occur in North America, 7 million African Americans left the rural south for the urban north between 1916 and 1970 where they transformed the landscape and the culture.

Chicago's historic Black Belt is a candidate for congressional designation and passed a resolution with the State of Illinois to commemorate The Great Migration (1916-2016), The largest and single most important movement of people to ever occur in North America, 7 million African Americans left the rural south for the urban north between 1916 and 1970 where they transformed the landscape and the culture.

Mission: Secure the Congressional Designation for the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area. Educate and Engage the public around the history and heritage of The Great Migration Centennial. Showcase and Steward the stories and assets through sustainable strategies

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ONLINE - Booker T. Washington in Chicago: Exhorter for Black prosperity; Pacifier of White anxieties — Glessner House
02/23/2021
ONLINE - Booker T. Washington in Chicago: Exhorter for Black prosperity; Pacifier of White anxieties — Glessner House

ONLINE - Booker T. Washington in Chicago: Exhorter for Black prosperity; Pacifier of White anxieties — Glessner House

Often condemned by northern Blacks for acquiescing to southern white racism, Booker T. Washington assumed a different stance in the North, especially when dealing with wealthy and influential whites. Hence, he earned his title of being the “Wizard.” In Chicago, where he was given to employing mi...

02/13/2021
HBO Documentary Films

HBO Documentary Films

“There have always been Black curators and Black artists. They just, perhaps, have not been part of the mainstream.”

#BlackArtHBO, a new HBO original documentary that illuminates the contributions that Black artists have made to American culture, is now streaming on HBO Max.

African American Landmarks in Bronzeville Chicago, USA
02/12/2021
African American Landmarks in Bronzeville Chicago, USA

African American Landmarks in Bronzeville Chicago, USA

During the summer of 2003 Urban Photographers' Forum took ten youth on a summer excursion in the Bronzeville community. We photographed many of the landmarks...

The HistoryMakers
02/11/2021

The HistoryMakers

The black town of Mitchelville, located on Hilton Head Island, was established in 1862 as part of the Port Royal Experiment.

In the middle of the American Civil War, the Port Royal Experiment emerged as an experiment of self-governance by formerly enslaved people when plantation owners fled South Carolina, leaving the formerly enslaved behind. Cultural historian Emory Campbell, in his interview for The HistoryMakers, explained: “Officially this was one of the first places where… [a] massive number of people had opportunity to buy land and to live as free people… they actually established a village called Mitchelville… named for [Union] General Ormsby Mitchel who was in charge… they had their own town council… school board… garbage collection… a police department. It was the beginning of self-governance for black people.” Today, the site of this historic town has been preserved as Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park.

Image: Residents of Mitchelville, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, undated

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The HistoryMakers
02/11/2021

The HistoryMakers

One of the first all-black towns in the United States was appropriately called Africatown. It was founded in Alabama in 1860 right before the Civil War.

Civil rights activist and former city council member Sala Udin, in his interview for The HistoryMakers noted that: “Africatown was… established by the slaves who were on the last slave ship [Clotilde] to dock in the United States. Right after slavery was abolished, there was a slave merchant who decided to try to see if he could sneak in a final boat load of Africans. They were stopped, arrested, and the Africans freed themselves and… set up this town.” HistoryMaker Col. Roosevelt J. Lewis, who grew up in that area, provided further details: “As a little kid… our aunt… lived down on Bay Bridge Road and… there was a lady that lived on the right side, Ms. Tempee [ph.] that was a descendant of Cudjo Lewis of… the boat Clotilde… many of those descendants as a little kid growing up, they lived in that area.” This town which has a population of 2,000 is incorporated now into the City of Mobile in Alabama. In 2012, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Images: Cudjo Lewis in Africatown, undated

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02/07/2021
HBO Documentary Films

HBO Documentary Films

“There have always been Black curators and Black artists. They just, perhaps, have not been part of the mainstream.”

#BlackArtHBO, a new HBO original documentary that illuminates the contributions that Black artists have made to American culture, premieres February 9 at 9PM on HBO Max

"How It Feels To Be Free" documentary and trailer | American Masters | PBS
01/31/2021
"How It Feels To Be Free" documentary and trailer | American Masters | PBS

"How It Feels To Be Free" documentary and trailer | American Masters | PBS

How It Feels To Be Free, New American Masters Documentary About Trailblazing Black Female Entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier, Premieres January 18th at 9 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS Executive produced by 15-Time Grammy Winner Alici...

Black Lives Matter is nominated for a Nobel peace prize
01/30/2021
Black Lives Matter is nominated for a Nobel peace prize

Black Lives Matter is nominated for a Nobel peace prize

Black Lives Matter has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize — a pitch that lauds the movement’s fight against racial injustice but takes little note of the decidedly non-peacef…

City Council landmarks Emmett Till home
01/27/2021
City Council landmarks Emmett Till home

City Council landmarks Emmett Till home

Years-long efforts to obtain landmark status for the South Side childhood home of Emmett Till, the teen whose 1955 lynching sparked the civil rights movement, culminated Wednesday when the City Council passed the ordinance.

01/21/2021
Gallery Guichard

Gallery Guichard

Join Gallery Guichard tomorrow Friday 1/22/21 at 7 pm for a New Virtual Exhibition “This Is Us” .

Meet new emerging artists and hear the artists talk about their new works with a myriad of subject matters of who we are, our creative hair styles, emotive expressions, dance, music, and what speaks to the past and present day social justice and civil rights.

Featuring the fine art of
Adam Guichard
Andre Guichard
Akin
Alpha Bruton
Isiaka Lawal
Martin Arnold
Peter Owolabi
Stephen 'Sayo' Olalekan

RSVP at bit.ly/thisisusartexhibit to receive your Zoom link
Invite friends and family worldwide to join

Click here to view Virtual Exhibition Catalog #10 “ This is Us “ (VEC) #10.

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01/21/2021

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The Great Migration & The Price We Paid: FORMER BUFFALO-SOLDIERS, tour & video the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6WEkIzdp68&t=59s Photo/Video by MEMBERS OF THE 24TH Infantry-Regiment Combat Team; (now-Association) LAST UNIT OF THE ORIGINAL BUFFALO SOLDIERS,,, deactivated during the Korean War 1950/1951. WE REMEMBER THEM: PAPERBACK: https://www.amazon.com/Commie-People-Korean-Memoir-Fighting/dp/0786403330/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1533148662&sr=8-1&keywords=What%E2%80%99s+a+commie+ever+done+to+black+people%3F E-book version: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Warriors-Korea-1950-1951-ebook/dp/B00ODTQQOS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1413062313&sr=1-1 Our Realities of Wars & The Aftermath.
Historian Christopher Reed and documentary Producer Mario Tharpe are searching for artifacts from World War I related to the 370th Infantry Regiment - a unit of African American soldiers from Chicago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hURXXoAVhtQ