At last count, more than a million black people call Chicago home – which means our city's African American population is second only to New York's. Those figures come from the 2000 Census. That was the first time respondents could select the category of ‘multiple race' in identifying themselves. Ytasha Womack would say the results provide further evidence that we're in what she calls the “post-black” era. By that she means America's black community is now defined more by its diversity than its shared traditions. Womack is the author of the book Post-Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity
Panel discussion about "post racial" society
Today, 4-6 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Music Button: Nomo, "Patterns", from the CD Invisible Cities, (Ubiquity)