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Leading Historian of African-American Experience to Lecture

Darlene Clark Hine will discuss Black Chicago Renaissance April 24

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Darlene Clark Hine -- a leading historian of the African-American experience and a pioneer of African-American women’s history -- will discuss the Black Chicago Renaissance Thursday, April 24, when she delivers the Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture.

The Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University, Hine will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Evanston Public Library at 1703 Orrington Ave. Free and open to the public, her lecture is presented by the library and the University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Hine is co-editor, with John McCluskey Jr., of “The Black Chicago Renaissance,” which argues that, starting in the 1930s, Black Chicago experienced a cultural renaissance that rivaled the cultural outpouring of the earlier and better-known Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

In “The Black Renaissance: 1930 to 1950,” Hine will explain the confluence of circumstances that fostered a major arts movement from the 1930s to 1950s in which creativity, music, dance, activism, performance, scholarship and literature all flourished.

Hine teaches both African American studies and history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. A prolific writer, she is the author or editor of “The African-American Odyssey,” “Beyond Bondage,” “Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession,” “A Question of Manhood, “A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America” and numerous other books and publications.

The Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series was designed to provide members of the Northwestern humanities faculty an opportunity to share their research with Evanston community members.

For further information about the April 24 lecture or the humanities lecture series, contact Beverly Zeldin-Palmer at the Kaplan Institute by phone at (847) 467-3970 or by email at