May 18th 2017

On May 18, we’re thrilled to have historian, civil rights leader and local legend Dr. Timuel Black in the Public Newsroom for a guided conversation on the art of oral history, informed by his decades of experience living and working on the South Side of Chicago. Dr. Black will be interviewed live by author, educator and City Bureau board member Audrey Petty, whose book “High Rise Stories” chronicles Chicago’s iconic public housing projects through first-person narratives.

Together, Black and Petty will explore the craft of oral history and the importance of storytelling to Chicago’s cultural memory.

Timuel Black was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 7, 1918, but was raised in Chicago – a place he loves to call home. He is a revered and highly respected educator, political activist, community leader, oral historian and philosopher.

Audrey Petty is a writer and educator whose poetry, essays and stories have appeared in numerous journals and collections. A Chicago native and a resident of South Shore, she currently teaches in the Odyssey Project in Woodlawn.

The Public Newsroom is always free and always open to the public thanks to your ongoing support. Youth and communities interested in storytelling, media, art and civic engagement are encouraged to attend.

(Photos by Alison Green/Chicago Reader and Sophia Nahli Allison)

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