Dine, drink and dance!

Sun. Aug. 26 at the annual Les Brownlee


We will gather from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the home Les shared with his wife, Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, at 537 Judson Ave. in Evanston.

For those who didn’t know Les, he practiced convergence journalism long before it had a name. He broke new ground at Chicago newspapers, magazines, TV (he coined the phrase “Eyewitness News” on the air) and radio stations. Later, he taught journalism at Columbia College, which honored him as its first professor emeritus. He also was the Chicago Headline Club’s first black president and the first black member of Society of Professional Journalists. He joined SPJ while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northwestern’s Medill School.

Those are some of the many reasons we honor Les with an annual scholarship. It will be $3,000 in 2013, and we need your help in raising the money. Please come to the party suggested donation is $20. Enjoy great food (barbecue from Hecky’s and much more) in a lovely setting. Or send a tax-deductible contribution to the Chicago Headline Club Foundation any time. Mail it to CHCF Treasurer Howard Dubin, Manufacturers News, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201.

Those who contribute $100 or pledge an annual amount will receive a complementary copy of his autobiography, “Les Brownlee: The Autobiography of a Pioneering African-American Journalist.” Copies will be available for sale at the fundraiser.

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