Black History Month

Mark your calendar! Attend any of the upcoming Black History Month events. 

Upcoming Events


Autobiography of a Freedom Rider
Sponsored by the ECC Humanities Center

Join us as civil rights foot soldier Thomas Armstrong discusses his memoir detailing his early life working as a voting rights organizer with Mississippi's State Field Secretary, Medgar Evers.

  • When
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Time
    11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Cost
    $0 - This is a free event.
  • Location
    Building G, Spartan Auditorium
  • Address
    Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123
  • Registration
    No registration is required for this event.

Black History Month Read-In/Write-In

Readers and writers from ECC and the community are invited to read works by African-American writers, artists, and musicians. Professor Chasity Gunn, Elgin's Poet Laureate, will lead this experience, with a chance to create works of your own.

  • When
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Time
    12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Cost
    $0 - This is a free event.
  • Location
    Building C, Room 120
  • Address
    Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123
  • Registration
    No registration is required for this event.

Project 1619

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from that began in August 2019, which marked the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to re-frame the county's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Come join the discussion.

  • When
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Time
    11:00 a.m to 12:15 p.m.
  • Cost
    $0 - This is a free event.
  • Location
    Building G, Spartan Auditorium
  • Address
    Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123
  • Registration
    No registration is required for this event.

African Ball

Join us for the conclusion of Black History Month! Celebrate Africa through fashion, food, song, dance, presentations and more.

  • When
    Wednesday, February 28, 2020
  • Time
    6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost
    $15 per person, with kids under the age of five free.
  • Location
    Building E, Dining Room
  • Address
    Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123

The 2-3-1 Project: Connecting Elgin’s African American History

Discover Elgin's local African American History through a first-hand account by ECC's Professor Emerita of Sociology Joyce Fountain, a participant in the 2-3-1 documentary project. In addition, the 2-3-1 Project mobile art exhibit will be across from Spartan Corner in Building B.

  • When
    Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Time
    11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Cost
    $0 - This is a free event.
  • Location
    Building G, Spartan Auditorium
  • Address
    Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123
  • Registration
    No registration is required for this event.