Azubuike African American Council for the Arts

Azubuike African American Council for the Arts Azubuike’s mission is to reconcile the racial divides that exist in our community through the arts. Thank You!

Azubuike would like to acknowledge and thank our 2020 Grantors. COVID-19 Relief Grantors:
Quad Cities Community Foundation
Scott County Regional Authority
Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund

LA Rebellion Film Watch Series Grantors:
Academy Motion Pictures Arts & Science
Humanities Iowa

Urban Exposure Summer Film Program Grantors:
Iowa Arts Council
Quad City Arts
Doris & Victor Day Founda


Coloring Between the Lines Kid’s Art Program Grantors:
Rock Island Arts Guild
Rauch Family Foundation

Azubuike would also like to thank our Community Partners:

Urban Exposure Film Program Partner
The Figge Art Museum
Sankofa Performing Arts Ensemble
Steam on Wheels

We would also like to thank our Facebook Family & Friends
and everyone that supports Azubuike with their generous donations! Azubuike’s mission is to reconcile the racial divides that exist in our community by giving at-risk youth a voice to express themselves, be heard without bias, and spark a much larger conversation about race relations in the Quad Cities through the arts. Our vision is to use the arts to help us understand our past and show us how to shape our future while telling a compelling story about why our lives matter.


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Today we celebrate Louisiana born visual artist, writer, poet, educator, and organizer Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (born November 1, 1915). Taylor-Burroughs co-founded the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago and helped to establish the South Side Community Art Center. Her widely exhibited linocut prints address themes of community, history, and the appreciation of cultural identity, especially as it relates to Black children. Her writings still inspire us today:

“I have drunk deeply of late from the foundation
Of my black culture, sat at the knee and learned
From Mother Africa, discovered the truth of my heritage,
The truth, so often obscured and omitted.
And I find I have much to say to my black children.”

-Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black (Reflections of an African-American Mother), 1963

📸: Portrait of artist Margaret Taylor-Burroughs. Untitled, ca. 1946. Gordon Parks/Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

Image description: A black and white photograph depicts Margaret Taylor-Burroughs seated backwards in a chair holding a handful of paint brushes. She is wearing a headwrap and suit jacket. Framed artwork surrounds her in the background.




Yes, every day is Black History Month especially at Check out this link for our newest entries: See this link for our African Heads of State page: See our Music Library page here:, and this one for the Children’s Page. These are just a few of the dozens of themed pages and special features on We invite you to challenge your knowledge of Black history by exploring all 10,000 pages of this massive online educational resource


Join us on Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern for a watch party of award-winning documentary Faith in Blackness: An Exploration of Afro-Latine Spirituality. We’re celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with this special event focused on film, faith, and storytelling. Faith in Blackness explores the lived experiences of AfroLatine people and the uniqueness of their spirituality. Following the watch party will be Q&A over Zoom hosted by Evolving Faith’s community cultivation curator Alicia Crosby Mack with Guesnerth Josue Perea (executive producer), Charles Reynoso (director and producer), and Michael A. Lopez, Jr. (producer).

This event will be hosted in our online community, which is free to join! Sign up here:

Note: The Q&A portion of the event will be recorded and available for viewing later.


The 5-part series is, by far, the most insightful look into who Tupac was by centering his story around his mother and their relationship.


Sheryl Lee Ralph’s career may be on fire right now, but the flame has been burning for more than 40 years. The actress is on the cover of our August/September issue. Read her interview where she dishes on winning an Emmy at 65, crafting a life of joy and so much more:

Funeral services for our good friend, Nat Lawrance. Please note, the wake has been moved to Mount Zion as well and the c...

Funeral services for our good friend, Nat Lawrance. Please note, the wake has been moved to Mount Zion as well and the correct address for the church is 1501 6th Avenue, East Moline .


Morgan Freeman in costume for “Glory.” ❤️


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New York. Harlem Schoolboys. 1930s


Clara Luper and the NAACP Youth Council began sit-ins to desegregate lunch counters.


Though slavery was abolished in 1865, sharecropping would keep most Black Southerners impoverished and immobile for decades to come.


Shirley Chisholm said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair"...we now know what she meant (to run for office, duh) 😉


RIH, dear Nate. So many tributes and memories shared on FB for musician, historian, and friend Nathaniel Lawrence. All will greatly miss him.


Wole and Tinu Soyinka in 1952, the year Wole entered University College, Ibadan.


Our annual Unity Benefit has returned as NAAM celebrates 15 years of meaningful engagement in the Pacific Northwest. For 15 years, NAAM has flourished through partnerships, activations, and initiatives for the local community and beyond. Help support NAAM’s mission of using Black heritage to cultivate healing and hope for all. Attend the Unity Benefit or become a Unity sponsor today.

Use the link to learn more and to purchase your ticket.


In October, we celebrate 50 years of empowering under-served communities through education!

Since our inception, the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center has proudly served thousands of youth - offering free, top-notch tutoring in reading and STEM subjects, as well as professional counseling services. 🎉🧑🏽‍🎓👩‍🎓🎈

We've helped shape bright futures and inspired young minds to achieve their fullest potential.

As we look forward to another 50 years, we're excited to continue advocating for education while utilizing the latest in technology to enhance our services.

Join us in our mission to impact generations to come! 🎈



318 East 7th Street, Suite 112
Davenport, IA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
Thursday 1pm - 4pm
Friday 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 3pm




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