Watch & Enjoy 60 Years of Service

Conversation:  Fred Hampton,
Mother Akua Njeri,
Attorney James Montgomery,
Dr. Kim Dulaney

Lift Every Voice and Sing our National Hymn?
DuSable Museum Speaks with Jarrett Johnson and Alvin Chea
about their Grammy-nominated
A Capella version of the Black National Anthem

Lift Every Voice and Sing our National Hymn?

Dear Friend,
60 years ago, Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs along with her husband Charles and a group of educators, activists and community leaders founded what was at that time, the first independent museum in the nation dedicated to telling and sharing the stories of Africans and African Americans.
Today, February 16, 2021, the DuSable Museum of African American History will mark the 60th Anniversary of its founding with a day-long Virtual Celebration which will highlight some of the Museum’s milestones during its six decades of continuous cultural engagement and narration of the stories of Black excellence.
The Virtual Celebration, which can be accessed on the Museum’s website will include:
A Video Tribute to Margaret Burroughs;
Musical and Dance Performances;
Interviews with artists, writers and Grammy-nominated performers;
Congratulatory Messages from Museum Professionals and Community Leaders;
Selections from the Museum’s acclaimed “Code Black” series;
An on-line look at some of the Museum’s current exhibitions;
…and a few surprises!
Virtual Visitors will also be able to support the DuSable  on its 60th Anniversary by becoming Members of the Museum and donating in support of our ever more important mission to educate all people on African American history, art and culture. For a complete schedule of activities during the Virtual Celebration, please visit the website at
Perri L. Irmer
President and CEO
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Karen Lewis

June 26, 1953 – February 7, 2021

The DuSable Museum of African American History salutes the late Karen Lewis, who served as the President of the Chicago Teachers Union from 2010 to 2014. Karen worked tirelessly to begin to significantly redefine and improve education in the Chicago Public Schools. She was committed to ensure, “the education our students deserve.”

Thank you, Ms. Tyson.

Cicely Tyson

December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021

Cicely Tyson offers personal remarks upon receiving the Star of Stars award from the DuSable Museum of African American History for
her commitment to Black history and culture.

Honored at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s 2018 Gala

CODE BLACK:  Black Agenda Items for the Biden/Harris Administration –
let’s keep the discussion going, send us comments:

The purpose of this discussion is to engage in focused deliberation towards the aim of identifying actionable asks that can serve as solutions to a couple of blatant and egregious injustices and inequities that African Americans face in the United States.  We want to assist the incoming Presidential Administration in understanding the history, impact, and fact-based solutions to problems in the specific areas of police accountability which is an entry point for the issue of violence, education funding which includes student loan forgiveness/relief, and healthcare equity.  We all are aware of the fact that there have been many Black Agendas, most contain the same century old broad demands.  We want to operate under the belief that we are intelligent able-bodied participants in our fight for wellness in this land.  We have been active and have gathered anecdotal experiences and researched facts that equip us to determine gaps, best practices, and relevant needs for ourselves and our communities.


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The March is an immersive exhibit featuring groundbreaking immersive technologies. It starts with an audio experience that teaches you about the beginnings of the civil rights movement. You are then invited to travel back in time via virtual reality to attend the 1963 March on Washington and witness firsthand the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.  The March can accommodate four visitors at once; time slots must be booked in advance. Besides museum admission, there is no additional cost to attend.

TIME has also partnered with AI storytelling pioneer StoryFile to create an interactive video interview with a real civil rights activist.  This installation is included with museum admission and does not require advance booking. #MarchOn

Notify me when THE MARCH re-opens

Experience Augmented Reality

First Chicago Museum with a fully functioning AR experience.

Download the app and immerse in the augmented Harold Washington Story.

Now available at the Apple and Google Play stores.

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DuSable Museum of African American History

To promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions,

and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that

illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.