DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis (DVD and CD)
This award-winning WTTW documentary tells the tale of two cities through historical record, personal writings, and recollection. There is the legendary Chicago that emerged from hardship and misfortune on the prairie to attain world-class status. There is also a less known, but remarkable aspect of Chicago's history – the essential contributions of African Americans to the city's vitality. Bringing recognition to the African American experience in Chicago is to better understand the rich heritage of America itself.
The original soundtrack CD, composed by world renowned jazz musician Orbert Davis, is a documentary in itself. Using classical undertones, the score weaves seamlessly through Jazz, R&B, Funk, and Blues, providing a sonic picture for the emotional, timeless stories of Chicago's African American heritage.