Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month 2024 (3)

Celebrating Black History Month

Feb 1, 2024

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Influential Illinois Figures:

  • Albert B. George: The first person of color to be elected a judge in Illinois, Judge George graduated from Northwestern University College of Law in 1897 and, after a successful career in private practice, was easily elected to Chicago Municipal Court in 1924.
  • Vivian G. Harsh: Ms. Harsh was the Chicago Public Library’s first African American librarian and the director of the George Cleveland Hall Branch of the Library in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. During her thirty-four year career, Ms. Harsh began an extensive archive on African American history and literature which is the largest such collection in the Midwest.

Learn More About Black History Month in Illinois here.

Black History Month Activities and Events:


Film, Music, and Performances


Black Owned-Restaurants