Emancipation to Inauguration: Chicago's Black Experience

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Emancipation to Inauguration:
Chicago's Black Experience

Black history in Chicago began in the 1780s with the arrival of the area's first non-indigenous settler, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable. Much later, on Election Day 2008, all eyes turned to Chicago as its most famous son, Barack Obama, was elected President of the United States. In the time between, there is much to explore. Join Clarence Goodman for a chronological look at the impactful people, places, and events of African American History in Chicago.

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About the Presenter:

Self-styled musician/historian/artist Clarence Goodman is a Chicago native who has explored every corner of the Windy City and its amazing history. Originally planning on a life as a teacher, college found him dropping out to pursue music as a profession, which lead to other paths. His love for his hometown has proven a blessing in finding his "accidental" career as a historian.