African-American History

African-American History

Urbana Elementary Schools Desegregated in 1966

This weekend the cities of Urbana and Champaign along with Parkland College and the University of Illinois celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration. This year, the event honored six community members for their efforts to desegregate the Urbana elementary schools in 1966. The Champaign County Historical Archives has records pertinent to these events, available for use within the Archives Reading Room.

Headline from the Urbana Courier, 27 July 1966

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today America honors the contributions and incredible life of Martin Luther King Jr. On this date we especially pause to remember his passion, bravery and hope for the future. Yet, it is important to note that reminders of his life and teachings surround us every day. From memorials and streets to movies and documentaries, Dr. King’s message of love can easily be recalled. Below are a couple of every day reminders of Martin Luther King’s philosophies

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Urbana 

MLK, Urbana Schools, Martin Luther King Jr.

Formerly Hays School, the elementary school was renamed for Dr. King in the 1970’s. 

Book Launch Event - A Place in Time: Two Paths to a Television Program

Please join us Wednesday, February 27, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. as we welcome University of Illinois Assistant Professor Kevin Hamilton for a discussion of his new comic book A Place in Time: Two Paths to a Television Broadcast. The book explores the paths taken to a broadcast of "Public Broadcasting Lab" that took place at the Illini Union in 1968.

Historically Black Champaign-Urbana

For the month of February to commemorate Black History Month, we here at the Champaign County Historical Archives will use this space to highlight the history and contributions of the African-American community of Champaign County.

One of the resources available to us is our Photo Atlas application. It allows us to place historical images in their geo-spacial context on the map. Additionally, audio-visual content can be attached to the description as well.