February is officially Black History Month, and celebrations abound at The DuSable Museum of African American History! From weekly performances to insightful panel discussions, learn more about how you can join the celebration of Black History Month all February long right here in Chicago.

DuSomething PROFOUND Every Wednesday at Dusable

Every Wednesday night in February, The DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commission present: MAAFA or the African Holocaust, a term used to describe the history and ongoing effects of atrocities inflicted on African people. This special programming includes presentations about Arab and Atlantic slave trades, as well as elaborations on forms of oppression that exist today. This special programming is presented in partnership with Trinity United Church of Christ. RSVP for each event below:

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. (RSVP)
MAAFA: Caribbean / Haiti - Documentary and Lecture on the Haitian Revolution and its impact on America and the world

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m. (RSVP)
MAAFA: New Orleans - Louisiana documentaries on the land, people and culture - a discussion with Jihad Muhammad and filmmaker Masequa Myers

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. (RSVP)
MAAFA: Chicago - Panel discussion with Rev. Moss, Dr. Adams, Professor Chris Reed

DuSomething A.W.E.some at DuSable (2/14)


Chicagoland art lovers rejoice! The DuSable Museum's A.W.E.: The Art of Sensuality offers guests an evening of awe-inspiring artwork, uncommon wines and eclectic entertainment. This event will have live demonstrations, spoken word performances, Afrobeat music and exclusive tours of special exhibits.

Visit the DuSable Museum on Valentine's Day for an evening of live art demos, Tango Negro, spoken word, aromatherapy, music and fun, exploring all five senses. Beware the sensual rush!

$15 on The DuSable Museum EventBrite.com page

$20 at the door - RSVP to 773-947-0600 Ext. 254 (Must be 21 years or older)

Or visitors can purchase the A.W.E. - Art, Wine and Entertainment Trio, a series of three events for $40 (a $5 savings) on EventBrite

  • February 14, 2014
  • May 16, 2014
  • October 31, 2014

Screening and Discussion of 12 Years A Slave (2/20, 6:30-9PM)

12 Years A Slave Dusable

Join in dissecting Solomon Northup's harrowing true story from enslavement to freedom in the critically-acclaimed and Golden Globe winning film 12 Years A Slave. In the pre-Civil War United States, Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. During Solomon's 12 years of forced enslavement he faces cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses; Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. Purchase your ticket here to join in this screening and discussion. The film is rated R (all children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult).

Making Brown Work: America's History and Future Educating People of Color (2/22, Panel Discussion 1-3PM)

The seminal 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling suggested that African American's would finally be able to utilize the resources of public education as a pathway towards equity and upward mobility. Unfortunately, 60 years later this promise has never fully materialized. The DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commission will host a series of public lectures examining America's history of educating people of color, and what needs to happen to assure greater equity and student achievement in the future. Join in on the conversation for a panel discussion on February 22 with respected panelists from University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, Western Illinois University, Northeastern University andAba Educational Consultants.

"Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith" Composed and Conducted By Renee Baker (2/28, 7-9PM)

Dusable Renee Baker

This moving symphonic poem, presented by The DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commision, is conducted by world renowned composer Renée Baker as a tribute to founder of Chicago Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSabl. This piece celebrates his visionary journey through the water routes he traveled and the first settlers of Chicago he encountered that led him to the Great Lakes. This is musical tribute to DuSable is the perfect way to end a month long celebration of Black History Month!