How Chicago Helped Craft A New National Black Identity

Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen Books Among 6 Republished To Honor Black History Month
This March 26, 1953 file photo shows poet and author Langston Hughes speaking before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)
Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen Books Among 6 Republished To Honor Black History Month
This March 26, 1953 file photo shows poet and author Langston Hughes speaking before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)

How Chicago Helped Craft A New National Black Identity

The years following the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 were a pivotal moment in African American history. And Chicago was right at the heart of it. The music, advertising, magazines, and other media beaming out of Black Chicago had a profound and lasting effect on the culture. 

WBEZ’s Ayana Contreras joins us ahead ofher presentation tonight at the Woodson Regional Library on South Halsted,highlighting the music that played such a pivotal role during this time.