Category: It Happened On This Date In History!

Urbs in Horto Exhibit is now AD equipped!

Liz Thomson, PhD student in UIC’s Disability Studies, holds the symbol for Audio Description (AD) outside of the UIC African-American Cultural Center’s current exhibit, Urbs in Horto, which runs through the end of June 2015.

Site Visit: By The Hand Organization

Thanks to a collaboration with the African American Academic Network (AAAN), we received a visit from By The Hand Organization on Fri. April 10th, in which they viewed both our Urbs in Horto Exhibit and The American Negro Exhibition. Listed below are highlights from the time they spent with us:




By The Hand is a Chicago-based, after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul.

“Black Lives Matter” Lecture Series: Reading and Conversation with Claudia Rankine

Reception, Buffet Lunch, and Book Signing – April 8, 2015 (12:00PM – 2:00PM)

Location: 613 SCE Student Center East

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen, Winner of 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award, and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and the plays Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn). Her bold writing on race and the intersection of imagination and reality is both formally innovative and relevant. Her work illuminates the cultural dimensions of the contemporary crisis in black America.

Claudia RankineRankine, Henry G Lee Professor of English at Pomona College, is co-editor of American Women Poets in the Twenty- First Century series with Wesleyan University Press and The Racial Imaginary with Fence Books

Presented by: UIC Dept. of African-American Studies

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

“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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