Historian Timuel Black celebrates DuSable High School at black history event


Since DuSable High School opened its doors in 1935, the inconspicuous, three-story building in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood has cultivated the beginnings of many prominent names in Chicago and beyond.

The tan, brick schoolhouse at 49th Street and Wabash Avenue fostered some of the most iconic jazz musicians, including legendary singer-pianist Nat “King” Cole. Schoolteachers fawned over the meticulousness of John H. Johnson, the prolific businessman who owned Ebony and Jet magazines and became the first African-American on the Forbes 400. Comedian John “Redd Foxx” Sanford also graduated from DuSable.

They were all classmates of 99-year-old educator and historian Timuel D. Black, a 1937 graduate, who led a discussion Sunday on the legacy of DuSable alumni at the…

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