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How to honor Black History Month in the Loop 

Posted  10 months ago  in  Trending, Family Friendly, Arts and Culture

3 MIN READ – The beautiful thing about Black history is that it’s still being made every day. Check out what these Loop businesses and organizations have to offer, and find a way to honor Black History Month this February. 

Patron Black art

Join Goodman Theatre in celebrating Black History Month with two plays written by Black women. Christina Anderson's the ripple, the wave that carried me home, tells the story of a family responding to injustice and a daughter reckoning with her political inheritance. Toni Stone, an original play by Lydia R. Diamond, is a sensational true story of the first woman to play professional baseball. Don't miss out on these plays showcasing triumphant stories. 

Enjoy Black literature

Visit American Writers Museum and honor Black writers and Black history at their exhibition Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice and related author programs. Explore and better understand racial injustice through the work of Black American writers from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement, and become inspired by 16 large multicolored portraits by local Chicago artists that were commissioned for the exhibit exclusively.
Another way to enjoy Black Literature this month is to check out the Semicolon Bookstore pop-up this month at Kimpton Gray Hotel. Semicolon is a Black and women-owned bookstore located in Chicago's River West neighborhood. Get a taste of their warm and inviting energy at the pop-up while enjoying books written exclusively by women of color. 

commemorate Black Veterans 

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library will host two FREE virtual events in February that recognize the accomplishments, sacrifices, and history of African American service members across U.S. military history. Join PMML President, Dr. Krewasky A. Salter, on February 8 as he welcomes author Matthew Delmont for a virtual discussion surrounding his new book, Half American, which tells the incredible story of African Americans fighting World War II. On February 22, join with family for our first-ever Fearless Readers Virtual Author Talk. Award-winning children’s book author, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, will be giving a picture book reading of her book, The United States V. Jackie Robinson, followed by a conversation and Q&A. Explore these special programs at the Museum & Library as well as their curated list of educational resources here

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