Loyola University Chicago

University Staff Council

Black History Through the Senses

Celebrating Black History and Culture Throughout the Year

The Cultural Engagement and Events Committee invites fellow Loyolans to explore Black History through the senses. We have created a resource to help Loyola staff support our local community through Black art, music, Chicago Black-owned business, and much more! By no means is this an all-encompassing list, but simply a starting point to celebrate Black History and culture throughout the year. 


See: Movies, Books, Art by Black artists

Click on the links to watch the trailers or a link to purchase the book from Semicolon Bookstore!


Ma Raineys Black Bottom

Just Mercy (movie and book)


The 40 Year Old Version

The Hate U Give

One Night in Miami

Judas and the Black Messiah

Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse


Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams

Well-Read Black Girl-Gloria Edim

Such a Fun Age- Kiley Reid

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou

How to Be Anti-Racist- Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexander

Homegoing- Yaa Gyasi

The Vanishing Half- Britt Bennett

Beloved- Toni Morrison

Native Son - Richard Wright


Hear: Music & Podcasts by Black Artists

Click on the links to be taken to the show’s and artist’s page on Spotify!





Taste: Black Owned Local Chicago Restaurants

Caribbean American Baking Co : Go-to for the best Jamaican pastries!

Buffalo Joe's - If you are looking for some great comfort food, this is the place to go.

Windy City Ribs & Whiskey- Need we say more?

The Soul Shack- "Bringing the soul of the kitchen to a neighborhood near you"

Ain't She Sweet Cafe- "Where great food and great people meet to eat!"


Touch: Black Owned Clothing and Shops

Kiwi's Boutique : Store selling sassy & contemporary women’s clothing and accessories, including plus sized items

Recycled Modern: Home goods store

Greer Chicago: Charming stationary shop with designer goods, greeting cards, writing instruments, and other gifts

Kido : Children’s clothing store

Love Peridot: Gift Shop


Smell: Black Owned Flowers, Candles, and Plants Businesses

Chicago Plant Lady

Plant Salon

Planks and Pistils

Full Moon Candles LLC

AK Candles