Black Voices in Conversation—A History of Cabaret

Black Voices in Conversation—A History of Cabaret


Mar 7, 2021    
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Event Type

Black Voices in Conversation—A History of Cabaret (Sunday, March 7th)

Moderated by Mark Ruffin
Panel begins at 3:00 PM Central Time.
Room opens at 2:30 to meet and greet the panelists and each other.

So much was going in the 19-teens and twenties to make Chicago the first American capital of cabaret. The Stroll on State Street featured Black performers like Alberta Hunter and band leaders like Lil Hardin Armstrong, and club owners. Harlem picks up the baton in the 30s. And Barney Josephson opens Café Society in the 40s expressly to create an environment where Black and white performers and audience could work and enjoy together.

Panelists include:

Dan Johnson – Chicago’s History of Blacks in Cabaret
Natalie Douglas – Creator of many tribute shows celebrating Black artists
Lynn Colbert-Jones – Songwriter
Hermene Hartman – Publisher


Suggested donation for the 4-part series: $100 or more for patrons, $60 per family, $40 for VIP, $25 for general admission, and $5 for students.  No donation is too small nor too big. Be sure to Register at to receive your link to the livestream. Registration opens on February 15th.

Call 773.509.9360 for more information.