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    Listen now to the 2013 CPL program featuring Timuel Black, Linda Johnson Rice and Adam Green in an engaging conversation of how the Great Migration shaped their lives and the city of Chicago.

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    Vivian G. Harsh Society

    Black Music Month Celebration

    The HOUSE Chicago Built

    Chicago is the birth place of House Music, described as a combination of disco, soul, gospel and jazz all rolled up into one. It is a genre started by African Americans and Steve “Silk” Hurley is one of its pioneers.

    The Harsh Society celebrated the music and honor its creator, four-time Grammy nominated remixer, producer and songwriter, Steve “Silk” Hurley Saturday, June 17th with “Last Night A DJ Saved My History!

    The Clementine Skinner Award for education and community service was awarded to Ayana Contreras, DJ and host of Reclaimed Soul, an all vinyl radio program streamed live on Vocolo (91.1 FM). On her radio show, she works to document the narratives, history, and cultural significance of the music scene in 20th Century Chicago.

    This year’s Emerging Artist Award was vibraphonist, Thaddeus Tukes. While a student at Northwestern University he co-founded a jazz band and launched a music-content consulting group to raise awareness of student artists.

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