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Charles White's Black Belt

  • Boxville 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL, 60615 United States (map)

Join us for our final day of celebration to mark the upcoming 100th birthday of Tim Black, with special live music performances throughout, featuring an interactive drumming circle, as well as several other events scheduled throughout the day:

Bike Ride with Patric McCoy (Diasporal Rhythms)
Tour Charles White's Black Belt by bicycle with Patric McCoy, a fourth generation Bronzeville resident, noted collector of Black art, and co-founder of Diasporal Rhythms, a non-profit dedicated to the recognition of visual art created by contemporary artists of the African diaspora.

Community Walk with Sandria Washington (GirlTrek)

Biking not your thing? Join writer and local business owner Sandria Washington with GirlTrek for an hour-long Community Walk with the aim to celebrate Charles White and reclaim the neighborhood, one step at a time!

Tim Black 100th Birthday Celebration: Bronzeville Past and Promise

Come celebrate the life and legacy of living Bronzeville legend Tim Black, with cake and other festivities, hosted by long time resident and community advocate Bernard Loyd, as well as featured guests Patric McCoy and Sandria Washington.

All events on Sunday will begin and end at Boxville (51st and the Green line).

FREE and Open to the public!


The week of 8/12, Urban Juncture is recognizing Bronzeville art, history, and community with a week-long celebration of the legacy of acclaimed Bronzeville artist Charles White, and centenarian Timuel Black, an acclaimed Bronzeville educator, historian and activist, who will be our featured guest.

Events are planned throughout the week of 8/12 starting at the re-opening of the Wednesday Evening Markets at Boxville 8/15, and will conclude at Boxville on Sunday, 8/19, with a birthday party celebrating the 100th year of both Tim Black and Charles White.

Events include a talk with Tim Black on Wednesday evening, a free visit to the Art Institute of Chicago to view the Charles White exhibit on Thursday evening, and both bike and walking tours through Bronzeville on Sunday afternoon! Read below for more information on the specific events happening soon.

Earlier Event: August 19
Sunday Funday & Farmers Market
Later Event: August 22
Wednesday Evening Market