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An Autobiography of Black Chicago, Travis, Dempsey
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Author Name:    Travis, Dempsey

Title:   An Autobiography of Black Chicago

Binding:   Paperback

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Agate Bolden 2014

ISBN Number:   1932841679 / 9781932841671

Seller ID:   IM175822

1932841679

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Few were more qualified than Dempsey Travis to create a history of African Americans in Chicago, and none would be able to do it with the same command of first-hand sources. This paperback reissue of Travis's An Autobiography of Black Chicago emulates the best qualities of Studs Terkel--portraying the African-American Chicago community through the personal experiences of Dempsey Travis, his family, and his fellow Chicagoans.

Travis's father, Louis, moved to Chicago in 1900 to become a prominent member of the city's small but growing black community. Even at the age of nine, Dempsey Travis knew he would be successful, and eventually he became one of the city's most influential black businessmen. He was not only a self-made multimillionaire from his real estate companies, but also an activist, author, musician, and board trustee for countless Chicago-based civic and private organizations. He coordinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s first civil rights march in Chicago in 1960, and was a president of the Chicago NAACP branch. In addition, he founded his own press in order to begin documenting the history of life, culture, art, music, and politics in Black Chicago.

Through his family's and his own personal experiences, as well as the experiences of the book's numerous well-respected contributors, Travis tells a comprehensive yet intimate story of African Americans in Chicago. Starting with John Baptiste Point du Sable, who was the first non-Native American to settle on the mouth of the Chicago River, and ending with Travis's own successes in providing equal housing opportunities for Chicago's African Americans, An Autobiography of Black Chicago presents with the city's most prominent figures past and present within the black community--often as told through their own words.



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