CHICAGO HIP-HOP HERITAGE MONTH
In 2003, hip-hop artist, activist, and organizer Amina Norman-Hawkins, then Executive Director of the urban music network, Chicago Urban Mines, and head of the web-based Chicago hip-hop political awareness project Headz Up, teamed up with filmmaker and writer Mark F. Armstrong, a longtime supporter and contributor to Headz Up & Urban Mines, to develop and draft the resolution.
Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month was officially created by the unanimous approval of the Chicago City Council in a Jul. 9, 2003 resolution introduced by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.
Approval of the resolution as an official city observance led to the incorporation of the Chicago Hip-Hop Initiative in early September 2003 by Amina Norman-Hawkins, hip-hop producer and lyricist ‘Coolout’ Chris Hawkins and Mark F. Armstrong. Through those events, C.H.I. was chartered and established as a not-for-profit hip-hop community development organization promoting the development, growth, and preservation of hip-hop culture in Chicago.
Deeply rooted in the traditional elements of hip-hop, Chicagoans demonstrate a profound connection to the authentic practices of hip-hop as a youth-inspired sub-culture of music, dance, visual arts, and community; And [Chicagoans] are at the forefront of using hip-hop as a tool for social & community activism, and outreach, and developing a new strategy for incorporating elements into the educational curriculum.
Chicago Hip-Hop Month is a time for the city to celebrate the beauty of hip-hop as an art, and aesthetic.
PurposeTo recognize, promote, and advocate the aesthetics of hip-hop culture in Chicago as a progressive, artistic, and socially conscious movement.
To celebrate the contributions of those individuals, organizations, and events, that have helped preserve and shape Chicago’s rich hip-hop community.
To educate and share with the general public, the orthodox practices of hip-hop as a positive artistic medium of creative self-expression; And
To dispel the misrepresentation of hip-hop, revealing the truth about a culture that inspires, uplifts, and empowers young people to aim high
To showcase and demonstrate hip-hop arts throughout Chicago by way of events, forums, films, dialogue, exhibitions of dance, music, visual arts, poetry, and more