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

September 28:
1935 Koko Taylor (Cora Walton) (blues singer) born in Memphis, Tenn.

Current and Upcoming Events

Summer 2016 Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm; Friday 10 am to 1 pm.

Please note: Closed for professional development on Friday August 12 and Friday August 19.

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 – 4 pm, Monday – Thursday      
10 am – 1 pm Fridays 
Call for appointments, M - Th 4 pm to 5 pm or Friday 1 pm to 5 pm.

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

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