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In Celebration of Black History Month

Norris University Center recognizes artwork by Dr. Margaret T.G. Burroughs in the Norris Center Permanent Art Collection.

burroughs.jpgI first met Dr. Margaret Burroughs in 1966 on a field trip to the DuSable Museum of Negro History (now African American History) in Chicago. I was in a group of anxious children from Kershaw Elementary School in Englewood. The bus arrived in front of a large three-story home. We lined up and walked inside being led by our tour guide, Margaret Burroughs. She gave me the first Black History lesson outside of what I had learned from the experiences of my family. She was a wonderful and engaging teacher and storyteller.

Being given this lasting impression, decades later (in 2005) I met with Dr. Burroughs to ask for her permission to exhibit her work in Dittmar Gallery. After consulting with her assistant, we were given the approval to curate an exhibit of her artwork featuring paintings, drawings, and prints along with panels containing her poetry. The exhibit was based on her autobiography “Life with Margaret” that was published in 2003. Even advancing age never stopped her from engaging with young people. She enjoyed meeting with students at Northwestern. This wasn’t her first time at NU, as she had been invited on several occasions by students.

She was an educator as well as an author, artist, activist, innovator, mother, poet, wife, and amazing bowler – yes, bowler. She has been honored and recognized by presidents, mayors, entertainment and sports celebrities, and scholars. She will always be known for co-founding the DuSable Museum of African American History. Her tenacity and vision gave inspiration to creating the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C., which is now a national treasure.

I will always be grateful for the encouragement Dr. Burroughs gave to African-American youth. This moved me in my journey to push forward in the struggle of educating those around me, fully embracing my blackness, and celebrating my cultural heritage and history.

Debra Ann Blade
Assistant Director, Norris University Center



Take a virtual tour of the DuSable Museum of African American History at

Norris Center is proud of the acquisition of three works by Dr. Margaret T.G. Burroughs
three faces of picasso

“Three Faces a La Picasso”

Location: Underground Office
Pencil Drawing - 1995



Location: 4th floor Storage
Print - 1994



Location: Second Floor
Linocut - 1994