Announcing the Timuel Black Essay Contest

Honoring the life and legacy of Timuel Black - an educator, organizer, activist, and historian who contributed to and celebrated Chicago's rich African American history! Students, grades 9-12, currently enrolled and attending a high school in Chicago are eligible to enter the contest. SUBMISSION DEADLINE is EXTENDED to MARCH 20, 2023.

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune, 2021



The BMRC invites you to join us virtually on Thursday, March 30th from 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST for our third annual Women's Herstory Month Program. Our featured speaker Anita Mixon, a 2015 BMRC Fellow and Assistant Professor of Communication at Wayne State University will share research and writing from a chapter in her current book project.

"The Political Frontier is Black and Urban: The Intersectional Rhetoric of Keisha Lance Bottoms and Lori Lightfoot"

Moderating this session is Ayesha Hardison, a 2009 BMRC Fellow and Associate Professor of English and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Kansas.

Please click the link button below for more information or simply email with the subject line "WOMEN3" to receive the Zoom link


Discover archives on Black experiences near you!

Find out about many of Chicago's rich primary resources related to Black history and culture now made accessible in one place! The BMRC Archives Portal helps researchers of all ages and levels to broaden and refine their search for information about collections held within member institutions -- including libraries, special collections and archives, museums, and community organizations.

Image: Ida B. Wells, activist, journalist, teacher, and anti-lynching crusader, pictured wearing a button she created to publicize a memorial service for African American combatants court-martialed and hanged in Houston. -- University of Chicago Library, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center

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