Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month! The Waukegan Park District will celebrate Black History Month with several virtual and in-person programs and events throughout the month of February. The programming will honor African Americans and their contributions.

2022 Programs and Events

2022 Black History Month (English)
Click Here to View the Bilingual Flyer for Black History Month

Waukegan History Museum Pop-Up Exhibit on display from Tuesday, February 1, 2022, to Monday, February 28, 2022 (Free)
The pop-up exhibit will feature stories of Waukegan’s African American past, including the Underground Railroad, early pioneers and leaders, the segregated community of Frog Island, and the desegregation of Whittier School.
Location: Waukegan City Hall • Fee: Free • Online Registration: N/A

Waukegan’s African American Historical Sites Self-Guided Tour on the Waukegan History Museum Companion App available on Monday, February 1, 2022 (Free)
New for Black History Month, the Waukegan History Museum Companion App will feature a self-guided tour that will take participants to important historic sites that help tell Waukegan’s African American story. Access the Waukegan History Museum Companion App at
Location: Virtual • Fee: Free • Online Registration: N/A

2022 Black History Month (Spanish)
Haga clic aquí para ver el folleto bilingüe del Mes de la Herencia Afroamericana

Who Am I? on Thursday, February 17, 2022, from 6pm to 7pm (Free)
Through a variety of interactive puzzles, informational cards, and games, participants learn about historic Black figures who left a lasting impact on the world. Register by Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
Location: Jane Addams Center • Fee: Free • Online Registration: Click Here

Soul Food with Sylvia on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 10am to 12pm
Sylvia England, Founder and Executive Director of the African American Museum at the England Manor, will demonstrate the cooking of a traditional soul food dish.
Location: Jane Addams Center • Fee: $5 per resident/$7 per nonresident • Online Registration: Click Here

Poetry Slam on Friday, February 25, 2022, from 6pm to 7pm (Free)
Participants will learn about influential Black poets and have the opportunity to read their favorite poem written by a Black poet or themselves.
Location: Jack Benny Center for the Arts • Fee: Free • Online Registration: Click Here • Interest Form: Click Here

Celebrating African Americans in the Arts on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 1pm to 3pm (Free)
See live performances on stage from African American artists.
Location: Jack Benny Center for the Arts • Fee: Free • Online Registration: N/A