Black History Month Celebrations in Chicago


Celebrating Black History Month in Chicago

Connecting Communities | February 2021

February is Black History Month and in preparation, we have collected a list of virtual and in person events that focus on celebrating Black lives and history.


Chicago’s Very Own

February 8, 2021; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Explaining multiple aspects of Chicago and discussing the inequities that affect our city. Highlighting Chicago's unique history and social climate through the lens of Black Chicagoans. We will advance the conversation of equity. Chicago’s culture would not be sustainable without the contributions of Black Chicagoans and we see that through education, LGBTQ, criminal justice, and environmental equity. Open to all UIC students, faculty, and staff as well as the community.


Teen Read Along- Black History Month

February 8, 2021; 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Join the Des Plaines Library in reading/listening to a short story celebrating Black voices. This event is meant for teens in grades 7-12. Registration required.


Spotlight on Black History: The Life of John Lewis

February 9, 2021; 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


February is Black History Month. You are invited to a discussion of the life and legacy of the late Civil Rights Activist and U. S. Congressman John Lewis. Led by bookseller Jon Grand, the discussion will focus on the forces that motivated Lewis as well as the challenges of the present day, with the pursuit of racial justice and equality not yet completed. The discussion will take Jon Meacham's book His Truth Is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope as its starting point.

This is not a book talk, but rather a forum for discussion racial equality in America. A reading list will be available to all registrants. Register by emailing


Our Cultural Vision, Values, & Voice: Black History Showcase

February 17, 2021; 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Join the UIC Speech and Debate Team for its 2021 Black History Month Showcase featuring members of the UIC Forensics Program. Our students, from UIC’s nationally ranked forensics team will perform poetry, drama, duo interpretation, prose AND more to explore a variety of issues confronting Black Americans and other communities of the Diaspora.


Black History Month - Celebrating Unity. A day of service and Legal Clinic

February 27, 2021; 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

8402 South Burley Avenue, Chicago

Cook County residents are eligible to join this event where partners will provide legal assistance for a variety of civil, criminal, and juvenile legal matters. Have a form of identification and court documents prepared and on hand upon arrival. If you are interested in volunteering, see event page for more information.

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  • Foglia Family & Youth Center
    2859 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
  • Marillac Social Center
    212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612
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    2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614