Chicago Open Archives event: Stop by and view "Open the Door Chicago: a Great Migration Musical Journey" featuring materials from the Center for Black Music Research Library and Archives. View this exhibit of original photographs, audio interview clips and promotional materials showcasing several music personalities that made the journey from southern rural areas to the northern urban city of Chicago. DJ Richard Stamz, the “Crown Prince of Soul,” had a “down home” on-air personality and radio show that appealed to Chicago’s new arrivals from the south. Photojournalist Sue Cassidy Clark interviewed soul, blues, and gospel performers who migrated to Chicago including Inez Andrews, Jerry Butler, Buddy Guy, and the Staple Singers. Backstage tours given on request.
People are free to arrive any time to view the exhibit and browse. No registration necessary.
Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research is the only institution of its kind. The Library and Archives offer both a safe haven and access hub for materials relating to music from the African diaspora.