Ethan Michaeli, author of a book about The Chicago Defender, will be a speaker Wednesday at the Evanston History Center in its “Under the Buffalo” continuing lecture series.

Michaeli’s book, The Defender: How Chicago’s Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, was described by the New York Times as a “deeply researched, elegantly written history” and “a towering achievement that will not be soon forgotten.”

In his lecture, Michaeli is expected to discuss the newspaper’s impact on American life, from encouraging the Great Migration to helping break down barriers of racial segregation.


The author, who worked at the Chicago Defender from 1991 to 1996, will delve into the paper’s rich history, as he traces the many causes the paper championed and will explore how it changed the landscape of American culture in the process, according to a news release from the Center.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in advance of the 7 p.m. lecture at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.  While admission is free to EHC members, the fee is $10 to non-members, payable at the door.

Additional information about the lecture and reservations is available on the EHC’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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