Jul 242016
 

At the end of 1938, Barney Josephson, a former shoe salesman, opened what would become one of the most legendary nightspots in jazz history. New York City’s first integrated nightclub, Cafe Society quickly became a gathering place for artists, intellectuals, left-wing political figures, jazz lovers, and, perhaps inevitably, the very Manhattan sophisticates it meant to mock with its satirical murals and ill-dressed doormen… indianapublicmedia.orgCafe Society

Jun 082016
 

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 7, 1917. Brooks moved to Chicago at a young age. She began writing and publishing as a teenager, eventually achieving national fame for her 1945 collection A Street in Bronzeville. In 1950 Brooks became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her book Annie Allen. She died in her Chicago home on December 3, 2000… biography.comGwendolyn Brooks Continue reading »