Local historian Dino Robinson will discuss the rich, yet little known history of African American life and culture in Evanston and other north suburban communities at 3 p.m. on May 31 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. “The North Shore’s African-American history is everyone’s history and it is not well-known,” says Mr. Robinson.
Mr. Robinson, one of the first and most comprehensive historians of the African American community along the North Shore, is founder of Shorefront Legacy Center, which has vast archives documenting the role of African-Americans and their part in developing the North Shore of Chicago. He will pose and answer such questions as “What is Michelle Obama’s connection to Evanston? Did you know Evanston was home to a princess? Who is Kay Davis and what is her connection to Duke Ellington?”