The August 27, 2012, issue of the Chicago Tribune includes a profile of the new University of Illinois Press collection The Black Chicago Renaissance. Edited by Darlene Clark Hine and John McCluskey Jr., The Black Chicago Renaissance presents early twentieth-century Chicago as a vital centerpiece of Black thought and expression.
Chicago Tribune: “Unlike the Harlem Renaissance, from about 1919 to the mid-1930s, the Chicago movement didn’t have as its face such well-known intellectuals as W.E.B. Du Bois. Chicago artists didn’t have relatively large numbers of wealthy white patrons who helped to support their art. In addition, Chicago, unlike New York, wasn’t the publishing mecca of the country, so artists and their work weren’t as readily introduced to a national audience.
But Chicago was a mecca in other ways.”