WCIU, The U and award-winning Chicago hip hop artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith are again collaborating for Black History Month with a special broadcast, "Black History: The Movement."

It is focused on broadening the conversation of being Black in America, and works to answer the question: What does it mean to be free? Included in the broadcast are a series of in-depth interviews between Che and leaders from Ghanaian, Mexican, Haitian and local Black communities spotlighting the individual struggle for independence in their native lands, and its correlation to the continued fight for freedom as an American.

Encore presentations of the broadcast will air as follows:

The U: Sunday, February 25 at 12:30 PM

The U Too: Sunday, February 25 at 1:30 PM


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  • Carol L. Adams, Ph.D.

    Carol L. Adams, Ph.D.

    President & CEO, Urban Prescriptives Dr. Carol L. Adams is president of Urban Prescriptives, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in program and organizational development for educational, social, cultural and philanthropic institutions. This venture merges the diverse experiences that comprise her remarkable career as an applied sociologist, social activist, and change agent. Known for her development acumen, Dr. Adams has raised over $400 million for a variety of agencies and institutions, both public and private.
  • Elsie Hector Hernandez

    Elsie Hector Hernandez

    Founder, Haiti American Museum of Chicago Originally from Haiti, Elsie Hernandez co-founded The Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) in 2012. Her goal was to create an institution that would hold programs and exhibits to contribute to the rich multicultural tapestry that is Chicago. Since 2012, the museum has hosted a wide array of programs and exhibits showcasing Haiti's rich culture and art as well as its complex history. Elsie has an extensive background as an educator, nurse and civil leader.
  • Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

    Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

    Poet, Founder, Publisher, Third World Press/Third World Press Foundation Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti is the founder and publisher of Third World Press/Third World Press Foundation. The publisher provides quality literature that primarily focuses on issues and themse related to the African American community. He earned his MFA from the University of Iowa and has a distinguished teaching career that includes faculty positions at institutions such as Columbia College of Chicago, Cornell University, Howard University, Chicago State University and others. A leading poet and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, he has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition. He has published more than 31 books (some under his former name, Don L. Lee) and is one of the world's best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction.
  • Cesareo Moreno

    Cesareo Moreno

    Director of Visual Arts & Chief Curator, National Museum of Mexican Art Cesáreo Moreno has been the visual arts director of the National Museum of Mexican Art since 1995, and was named the museum's first full-time curator in 2004. Moreno has conducted research on the Mexican holdings of museums throughout Mexico and the U.S. He has also curated and/or coordinated numerous exhibitions. He has served as a juror and panelist for numerous groups including the National Endowment for the Humanities (1999), the Illinois Arts Council (2001), and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (2002–2008). Moreno has taught at Columbia College, Chicago (2005, 2006).
  • Paa Kwasi Sam

    Paa Kwasi Sam

    President, Ghana National Council Mr. Paa Kwasi Sam is the president of the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago. He migrated from Ghana to Chicago to join his mother in 1996. In 2008, he joined the Okuapemman Organization (an affiliate of the GNC) and served as president for ten years. During his time as president he was appointed to be a representative to the Ghana National Council, where he then served as the business manager for two years, then vice president for three years. In December 2016, after serving the community he was voted to become president of the Ghana National Council. He continues to play an active role in the community, uniting and promoting excellence of Ghanaians and the African diaspora.