Black Chicago Renaissance

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In this presentation, Dr. Davis will guide participants through the Chicago Black Renaissance from the early to mid-20th century. The presentation will include a Q&A and an interactive component where audience members share their migration stories.

Amira Millicent Davis holds an EdM in Curriculum & Instruction and a PhD in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in African American Studies from the University of Illinois-Urbana. She also conducted postdoctoral research on Supplementary Saturday Schools in London.

Dr. Davis is the author of Jalimusa: An Epic Tale of Black Women’s Mothering. Several of her book chapters and articles are in publication, and she has been invited to present at numerous conferences. Amira is a mother, grandmother, and activist-artist-educator using African drums, percussions, and stories to entertain, educate, and motivate.

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.


Registration is required due to limited space. If you are not able to attend, please cancel 48 hours in advance so we can offer your spot to someone else. No-shows may be waitlisted for future programs.