Bishop Harvey Jr. will celebrate his 103rd birthday on March 21. Born in Oxford, Mississippi, Harvey moved to Evanston in 1941 with his wife and high school sweetheart, Mary.
Together they built a life of service and community building for African Americans in Evanston. Harvey and his wife were founders of many African American social clubs including the Smart Set, Monsieur and Madame and many bridge clubs for couples to play cards together. They hosted frequent, tasteful and refined dinner parties and social activites which often included famous guests such as Lou Rawls, Count Basie, and many other well known entertainers of the times.
Harvey is a 76 year member of Evanston’s Ebenezer A.M.E Church and has held many positions including trustee and founder of the 2000 Club which solicited 100 members to contribute $2,000 or more toward the rebuilding of the church after the 1980 fire.
Bishop worked for 51 years for the Horbeg family and their Chicago area clothing business. He retired at age 77 in 1991.
Bishop will celebrate his birthday with his niece, Sharon Harvey Davis and great niece, Corinne Davis of St. Louis and great nephew, Preston Davis of Denver.