DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center on Chicago’s South Side Celebrates Rebranding During the June 19 Holiday

CHICAGO (WLS) — A new name and a new look for the nation’s oldest black history museum.

Now gracing Chicago’s South Side is The Du, short for DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center.

“This is a time of reinvention, reinvention and righteous growth across the city, the state and only the country,” said Patricia Knacze.

A full celebration took place on Saturday with the rebranding as the Chicago youngsters showed off their talent in a musical performance ahead of the unveiling.

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And the timing of historic change also aligned with the June 19 commemoration.

“We want young people to have that same experience of knowing their story,” 20th Ward Ald said. Jeannette Taylor. “How do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you come from?”

“The new name and new colors of this museum are positive but what really matters is the education that comes from the museum that advocates hope that lasts far beyond the rebranding.

“We need to connect the rich history of the black race with the upbringing and nurturing of our young people, because when they know where they come from, then they can chart the course to greatness,” said Myetie Hamilton , president of the Chicago Park District Board.

The new name also imposes a new call to action on the museum. It’s a push to celebrate and educate when it comes to black history.

“This museum is not just for black Chicagoans. It’s for all Chicagoans,” Shermann “Dilla” Thomas said.

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