Event: Chicago’s Black Metropolis


Chicago's Black Metropolis


Highland Park —- Highland Park Historical Society presents ‘Chicago’s Black Metropolis’, focusing on African-Americans whose energy and ingenuity helped Chicago become the commercial and  cultural  center of the American Midwest. The program will be held in the auditorium of the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

The program was initially presented to an audience in Paramaribo, Suriname in 2013 by Highland Park Historical Society Board Member Jeff Stern at the request of his daughter, who was then the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy there.

Jeff Stern, a fifth generation Chicagoan, had a career in journalism, starting with the Chicago Sun-Times. He spent a year in Vienna, Austria, assisting a longtime correspondent for three other U.S. publications, and later lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked for a news service reporting on legislation moving through Congress, for a Congressman from Ohio, and for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.  He and his Virginia-born wife later moved to Highland Park, where they raised a family while he served as Media Coordinator for the Chicago Transit Authority until he retired in 2003.

For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or   Admission is free.