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 22:
1921 Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia (scholar, teacher, administrator, and composer) born in Mampong, Ghana.
2002 James McVea (tenor saxophonist and bandleader) died in Los Angeles, Calif.

Current and Upcoming Events

Summer 2017 Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm; Friday 10 am to 1 pm.  
Appointments are highly recommended, particularly during the summer months, to ensure that a staff member is available to assist you.

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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

Monday – Thursday 10 am – 4 pm     Fridays 10 am – 1 pm
and by appointment until 5pm.

Appointments are highly recommended to ensure that a staff member is available to assist you.

Use the new appointments site to schedule time with Library and Archives staff for study, research, coursework, and listening sessions.

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

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