Tag Archives: Black Writing from Chicago: In the World-Not of It?

Frank London Brown Inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Earlier in this tumultuous year I missed an in-person meeting called by Don Evans, president of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, to pick this year’s inductees.  The final spot came down to two: Stanley Elkins and Frank London Brown.  … Continue reading

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Rev. John L. Tilley: The Fountain of Time

Because he had to work to help support his family and could not attend school regularly, John Lee Tilley (1898-1971) did not graduate high school until he was 23.  He went to Shaw University for a B.A., and then—as important … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison: Playing in the Dark

This title does say it all.  Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination focuses on the construction of whiteness in American literature, one of the central places America tries to establish itself as new, white, and … Continue reading

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