CELEBRATE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

‘Seven Decades in the Struggle for Human Rights’ Through July 31 Chicago

More than 125 rare and unique photographs, correspondence, programs and memorabilia trace seven decades in Chicago struggles for human rights through the eyes of Timuel Black Jr., a noted professor, historian and wide-ranging activist. The exhibit highlights 1930s Bronzeville, Professor Black’s service in World War II, the Chicago civil rights movement of the 1960s and the election of Mayor Harold Washington. At the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago





‘Bold Improvisation: African-American Quilts’ January 28 to April 2, 2006 Kansas City Museum

Explore more than a century of craft and creativity. “Bold Improvisation: 120 Years of African-American Quilts” is a survey of African American quilt-making. The exhibition presents more than 40 quilts from various families and time periods, supplemented by African textiles. All quilting blends creative spirit with careful handwork and traditions that are often generations old. What makes African American quilts distinctive is that they often start with familiar patterns and then add improvised variations that result in complex works of modern art. The full array of quilts and textiles provides viewers with a greater understanding of the influences that produced African American quilting.





Chicago to hear author Taylor Branch

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch will discuss and sign “At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68,” the third and last installment of his three-volume biography of Martin Luther King Jr. Moving from the protest at Selma and the 1966 Meredith March through King’s expanding political concern for the poor to his 1968 assassination in Memphis, Tenn., Branch gives us not only the civil rights leader’s life but also the rapidly changing pulse of American culture and politics and makes it clear why King is a defining figure in American history. Monday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center.