Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chicago Headline Club's Les Brownlee Summer Social on Judson - August 10


Friends, neighbors, journalists and students are invited to again celebrate the life of pioneering Chicago journalist Les Brownlee*.

Sunday, August 10, 2-8 p.m.
the home of Les and his widow, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall
537 Judson, Evanston

He worked at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago’s American, Chicago Defender, WLS-TV (“Les Brownlee: Channel 7 Eyewitness News”), and taught at Columbia College. If you were one of his students, he might have asked you to stand in class and shout, “I am great.”

Les was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalist, the first black president of the Chicago Headline Club.

The Chicago Headline Club annually honors Les each year with a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding Chicago area journalism student. This year’s recipient is Lauren Di Vito of Loyola University.

This party is both friend and fund-raiser. The suggested donation is $20 for all you can eat, drink and be merry while enjoying to remarkable Harriet Ellis on keyboard and Brian Gills on guitar.

If you cannot attend, we welcome tax-deductible contributions, payable to
c/o CHCF Treasurer Howard Dubin
Manufacturers News
1633 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
Those who contribute $100 or pledge an annual amount will receive a complimentary copy of "Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist." Copies will be available for sale at the party.

RSVP to Susan S. Stevens at susanstevens@aol.com or 312-733-1936.

* As far as we know, Les was not related to Evanstonian Joe Brownlee nor Les Brownlee, former U.S. Under Secretary of the Army.

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