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Stephanie Y. Evans

advertising executive, magazine publisher, and radio network founder, was born in Louisville Kentucky, to W. Leonard Evans Sr., an executive with the Urban League, and Beatrice, an executive with an insurance company. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to suburban Chicago, where he was raised. Evans attended the Chicago public schools, after which he graduated from Wilberforce Academy in Ohio in 1931. It was a family tradition to go to college at Fisk in Nashville, which he did for several years, studying sociology and learning to do research. He then transferred to the University of Illinois, where he received a degree in business in 1935. He also studied law at Chicago's Kent College of Law.

In 1943 Evans married Maudelle and the couple would go on to have two sons Evans became interested in researching the black consumer and after working for such ...


Genevieve G. McBride

newspaper publisher and multimedia owner, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Mary Ellen Shadd Jones, later Mary Ellen Shadd-Strong, a journalist. A descendant of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first female African American publisher, his mother was a correspondent for the Chicago Defender and World in an era of an only intermittent presence for the black press in Wisconsin after the loss of the legendary Wisconsin Enterprise-Blade in the 1940s under J. Anthony Josey.

Lacking a stable local black press, African Americans in Wisconsin seemed almost silent amid the civil rights movement for most of the next decade. Several attempts at a black press in the state failed until Shadd-Strong founded an affiliate of the Defender in 1956; she maintained her Milwaukee Defender until 1960 McBride 343 344 The silence was deceptive however as struggling publishers of the period were literally and figuratively ...