2023 Black History Month Recognition

In celebration of Black History Month, the Village has gathered resources, local events, and community programming. See below for more information on all the ways in which our community is celebrating Black history and heritage. Additional resources, programming, and events will be added as they are announced.

Village of Wilmette

In commemorating Black History Month, the Village of Wilmette Human Relations Commission is sponsoring a 2023 poster, essay/poetry, and multimedia/music contest. Students can submit entries based on the theme “Black Resistance,” which includes stories about the fight for freedom, justice, and equality.

Click here for the full contest informational flyer and rules.

Wilmette Historical Museum

The Wilmette Historical Museum has a variety of resources pertaining to the Black American experience. Visit the Wilmette Historical Museum’s website where you can find information on topics like Civil Rights on the North Shore and others.

Wilmette Public Library

The Wilmette Public Library will feature several displays promoting Black history and Black authors throughout February for children, teens, and adults.

Black History Month Events

Concert and Pop-Up Gallery at the Baha’i House of Worship

Featuring music performed by the Baha’i Temple Choir and friends along with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra and a pop-up art gallery.

Saturday, February, 4 at 6:30 p.m. – Baha’i House of Worship, 100 Linden Ave.

Click here for more info!

Screening of ‘Till’

The Human Relations Commission is sponsoring a free screening of the move Till

Saturday, February, 11 at 7:00 p.m. – Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave.

Click here for more info!

 Wilmette Public Library

Let’s Learn Together – Racial Literacy

Ongoing Programming

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Diversity in Publishing: An Evening of Discussion and Book Recommendations

The League of Women Voters Wilmette along with the Wilmette Public Library and The Book Stall, will host an evening of literary recommendations for both adults and children.

Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. at The Book Stall (811 Elm Street, Winnetka)

Click here for more info!


Every Song Has a Story – Black Music’s Impact on America

Join storyteller Linda Gorham on a musical journey as she tells the stories behind influential songs by Black artists that helped shape American music and American attitudes.

Virtual Event on Monday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Click here for more info!

Using Picture Books to Talk to Kids about Race

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

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Wilmette Historical Museum

Lecture: Morris “Dino” Robinson – Founder of Evanston’s Shorefront Legacy Center

Sunday, March 12, 2- 3:00 p.m.

Click here for more info!