Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

The Center for Black Music Research


The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a $25,000 grant to the CBMR for the FREE/PHASE project by artists Mendi and Keith Obadike. Read more

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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

July 02:
1899 William Herbert Brewster Sr. (gospel songwriter and composer) born in Somerville, Tenn.
1932 Della Reese (Deloreese Patricia Early) (gospel singer and actress) born in Detroit, Mich.
1994 Marion Williams (gospel singer) died in Philadelphia, Pa.

Current and Upcoming Events

April 6–9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.: Exhibition hours for FREE/PHASE, an intermedia suite of sound-based public artworks by Mendi and Keith Obadike, commissioned by the CBMR. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. Free admission.

May 2, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. “As She Sees Herself: African-American Women in the Paintings of Archibald Motley,” a panel discussion presented as part of a summer-long series of events accompanying an exhibition of Motley’s paintings at the Chicago Cultural Center. Featuring panelists Cynthia Blair, Romi Crawford, Amy Mooney, and Monica Hairston O’Connell, Executive Director of the CBMR. The event will be held in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, in the second floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. Free admission.

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

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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