#TBT: 70th Anniversary of Ebony Magazine

This month Ebony celebrates its 70th anniversary. The pictorial news magazine was first published in November 1945 by Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company. John H. Johnson created the magazine to share stories of African American life, with the goal of refuting stereotypes and inspiring readers to overcome racial barriers. Today's Throwback Thursday post takes a look at Ebony's…
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#OBOC: Emmett Till’s Legacy

Thomas Dyja discusses the impact of Emmett Till's murder in chapter 26, "What Kind of World Do World Do We Live In?" of The Third Coast.  Read on to learn more about this momentous event. The murder of Emmett Louis Till 60 years ago, on August 28, 1955, was the spark that ignited the civil rights…
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Juneteenth: Powerful Books to Commemorate the End of Slavery in the U.S.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. However, it took almost three years before news spread of the proclamation that all American slaves were freed. This historic moment happened on June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Granger arrived in…
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Extraordinary Local Women of History

Despite a few snowy days, spring has officially arrived and March is almost over. Let's wrap up Women's History Month by highlighting the contributions of two Chicago women. Vivian G. Harsh The first African American branch head at the Chicago Public Library and an early leader in the movement to preserve African American history, Vivian Gordon Harsh was often described as…
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