Past Event

CAA Chicago |History of Chicago: Gospel Music, Beauty Culture and the Sporting Life - Cultures of the Black Metropolis

August 26, 2020
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Online Event
This lecture is open to all members of the Chicago Columbia alumni community. All participants will be unmuted throughout the evening's presentation so we can engage in maximum participation on the topic. Registrants should watch the film “Within Our Gates” and they are being sent a set of discussion questions. Topic Preview: The emergence of the sanctified church among “New Settler” migrants led to the development of a storefront church culture in the Black Metropolis. In the 1930s, Thomas Dorsey and Theodore Fyre organized the first gospel chorus at Ebenezer Baptist Church. A populist movement emerged where New Settler migrants expressed their personal frustration with the class-preoccupied status quo of everyday life. Chicago’s Black Metropolis had a distinct form of beauty culture where New Negro sensibilities were worked out in struggles over the appropriate practice and consumption of hairstyles and bodily adornment. The sporting life of athletic enterprises in the Black Metropolis - boxing, baseball, and football – were places where race pride, racial uplift, class conflict, and visions of black manhood collided with the conventional models of race and masculinity. Topics Covered: The Emergence of Gospel Music, Beauty Culture, and the Sporting Life.

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