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If anyone truly knows the fabric of Chicago, it’s Timuel Black.

From running the playground of Burke Elementary School on the city’s South Side to receiving his master’s degree at University of Chicago in Hyde Park and finally, penning the book Bridges of Memory: Chicago’s First Wave of Great Migration – it’s quite possible Black’s pulse beats in step with the sounds of the windy city.

Tonight, the Chicago-based community leader, oral historian, teacher, activist and philosopher presents the discussion “Black Chicago: What Was, What Is, and What Is Likely To Be.” Black discusses the economic, political, and social elements that make Chicago a dynamic hub for African-American culture.


Black's book tells the history of African-Americans in Chicago from the 1920s to the present day. HistoryMakers Speakers Bureau sponsors the presentation. Tonight, he speaks at Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St. in Urbana. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.