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Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, The Center for Black Music Research is the only organization of its kind. It exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.

Click the links for information on the CBMR Library and Archives, publications, conferences, and performances.

May 14–16: Multimedia installation of creative coursework by students in Re/Sounding Black Chicago, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the CBMR. Refreshments served on May 16th.

April 20:
1923 Tito Puente ("El Rey")