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Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago

Ayana Contreras


Black Chicago in the post–civil rights era was constantly refreshed by an influx of newcomers from the American South via the Great Migration. Chicago was a beacon, disseminating a fresh, powerful definition of Black identity primarily through music, art, and entrepreneurship and mass media. This book uses ruminations on oft-undervalued found ephemeral materials (like a fan club pamphlet or a creamy-white Curtis Mayfield record) and a variety of in-depth original and archival interviews to unearth tales of the aspiration, will, courage, and imagination born in Black Chicago. It also questions ... More

Keywords: Media, Music, Black arts movement, Entrepreneurship, Chicago, Curtis Mayfield, mass media, art, identity, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252044069
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252044069.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayana Contreras, author