Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

Our Mission

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.

Today in Black Music History

June 29:
1867 Emma Azalia Smith Hackley (concert singer) born in
1915 William Billy Kersands (minstrel entertainer) died in Artesia, N.Mex.
1925 Hale Smith (composer) born in Cleveland, Ohio

Current and Upcoming Events

Summer 2016 Hours:  Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Mailing Address:
Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996

Street Address:
618 South Michigan,
6th Floor
Chicago, Illinois                           

10 am – 5 pm
Call for appointment for M-F 9a to 10a or 4p to 5p.

Phone: (312) 369-7559
Fax: (312) 369-8029

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