Our Mission

Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, the Center for Black Music Research exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.

Hours and Location

Schedule an Appointment: You may make an appointment using Calendly online.

Location: 618 S. Michigan, 6th Floor



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