Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

The Center for Black Music Research


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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

September 05:
1928 Lena Johnson McLin (composer, conductor, keyboard player) born in Atlanta, Ga.
1950 Albert Killian (jazz trumpeter) died in Los Angeles, Calif.

Current and Upcoming Events

Summer Hours in the Reading Room: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Fall 2015 Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Semester begins Tuesday, September 8th. 

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

Fall 2015 Hours:
10 am – 5 pm

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

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