Monthly archives: February, 2015

AACC Brown Bag ~ Community Archiving: Skyla Hearn

AACC Brown Bag - Skylar Hearn

Join us this Thursday, from 12pm-1:30pm, for this week’s Brown Bag event on community archiving! Come hear from archivist Skyla Hearn about how she contributes to social justice activism through archival work.

President Obama: Pullman National Monument Designation

Join us in the AACC Gallery to witness President Obama’s proclamation designating Chicago’s first national park, Pullman National Monument, today @ 1pm via livestream feed on A number of our community partners will be in Pullman; to honor their commitment and this historic moment, we will reschedule our Brown Bag session: African-Americans, Agriculture and Activism for a date TBD in April.


Street view in Historic Pullman


We will be offering drop-in crafts workshops in our Gallery for our campus and community partners’ school-aged children today, Thurs., February 19th from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Nut-free snacks will be provided; feel free to send lunch. Parents are invited to join us during their lunch hour. Our arts Ambassadors are invited to lead a workshop. Space is limited; please RSVP to Brenda Pinkett-Little at:

Drop In Day


Keep someone else warm this winter!

We appreciate your participation by donating new or “gently used” clean coats to be distributed free to our community partners, Family Rescue, domestic abuse shelter and A Little Bit of Heaven homeless shelter. Drop off your item(s) in one of our collection boxes, found at the following locations:

  • African American Cultural Center Gallery – Addams Hall Rm 207
  • Undergraduate Success Center – Stevens Hall Rm 111
  • CHANCE Program – Student Services Building Rm 2080

AACC Coat Drive

Brown Bag Live Stream: The Iconography of Contagion

Watch Dr. Dotson’s presentation on “The Iconography of Contagion” LIVE on Livestream @

AACC Brown Bag: Iconography of Contagion


Dr. Dotson

Dr. Ebbin Dotson

Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30pm

Location: African-American Cultural Center Library – Addams Hall, Room 200

Presenter: Dr. Ebbin Dotson, Assistant Dean for Urban Health and Diversity Programs at UIC

Dr. Dotson’s presentation tomorrow will highlight the Iconography of Contagion: A Web Exhibition of early 20th-century Health Posters. The lecture/demonstration will explore how public health took a visual turn about 100 years ago and how local public health departments around the country are increasingly embracing media work to help address disparities in public health advertising in the 21st century.

**Can’t make it to the Brown Bag event, then click the Live Stream Connection link via and join the conversation online.

“The American Negro Exhibition” Opening Reception

The opening event was a HUGE success! Congratulations are in order for the amazing work that Jacqueline put into to creating this historical new exhibition. Special thank you to all who contributed in the makings of this successful event including Dr. Johari Jabir, who gave dynamic lecture demonstration. We encourage you to stop by and view the exhibition and even take a selfie (or two) with the artwork featured!!














Why Black History Month is STILL Important

The wait is over…join us TONIGHT!

Opening Reception 2.5.15After months of hard-work, planning and research, we are proud to announce that tonight marks the opening reception of “The American Negro Exhibition!” We have an exiting program of events lined up starting tonight from 4:30 – 6:00pm. Of these events, we present to you a special introduction from our very own Jacqueline Y. Smith, Exhibit Curator/ AACC Grad Assistant and a lecture demonstration presented by Johari Jabir, PhD, Assistant Professor at UIC Department of African American Studies. Hope to see you there!

Opening Reception for the American Negro Exhibition 2.5.15

This event is the Opening Reception for the African-American Cultural Center’s latest exhibition, “American Negro Exhibition,” which focuses on the American Negro Exposition that took place in Chicago in 1940. Curated by our Graduate Assistant, Jacqueline Y. Smith, the American Negro Exhibition celebrates the diamond jubilee of African-American achievements from the abolition of slavery to 1940.

Location: Addams Hall, 2nd Floor

Date: February 5, 2015, Thursday

Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm

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