Past Event

Black Barbershops and Public Spaces: A Historical and Cinematic Perspective

The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council is excited to host QUINCY MILLS, a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University of Chicago. Quincy co-authored “Truth and Soul: Black Talk in the Barbershop” in Melissa Harris-Lacewell’s Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought. He is currently working on his dissertation, “‘Color-Barbers’ and the Emergence of a Black Counterpublic: A Social and Political History of Black Barbers and Barbershops, 1850-1970.” Quincy is also a facilitator with the Café Society program of the Public Square at IHC.

Quincy’s talk will use film clips and slides to focus on the portrayal of black barbershops in movies like Spike Lee’s “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop”, “Barbershop”, and “Barbershop II”. He will also explain the transformation of black-owned barbershops as public spaces for the white elite in the 19th century to black male public spaces in the 20th century.

Free Admission


For more information contact Kristin Millikan at 312.422.5580 or visit the web site