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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nathan Thompson  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

Thompson is a native Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nathan Thompson is a critically acclaimed freelance writer whose works on Policy, and Bronzeville, have been published in ''Source Magazine'', ''Chicago Defender'', ''Lakefront Outlook'' and ''South Street Journal'' newspapers. As a preservation activist, he was a driving force in saving such Bronzeville landmarks as the Palm Tavern, Metropolitan Community Church, and the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments from the wrecking ball.Founder of the Bronzville Press & Screenworks, Thompson has been featured in numerous media outlets including: WTTW-TV's Chicago Tonight, Tavis Smiley's National Public Radio Show, The Cliff Kelley Show on WVON and WVAZ radio, the Hot Springs Sentinel, Michigan Chronicle, Pittsburgh Courier, Tri-State Defender, Rolling Out, N'DIGO, Chicago Sun-Times, and Dawn Turner Trice's Chicago Tribune column. Thompson is a member of the Society of Midland Authors, Bronzeville Historic Preservation Society, the Bronzeville Merchants Association, and an Advisory Board Member of the Black Metropolis Convention and Tourism Council. He has been honored by the Vivian Harsh Society and by the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Kings The True Story of Chicago's Policy Kings and Numbers Racketeers
ISBN: 0972487506

The Bronzeville Press. 2006

The True Story of Chicago's Policy Kings and Numbers Racketeers.
An Informal History by Nathan Thompson and published by The Bronzeville Press.
A history of Black Chicago and Bronzeville USA.


2005 Black Excellence Award for Non-Fiction Literature from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago

Speaking Engagements

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Contact Information

Harold Lee Rush 655 W 65th St Apt 302 Chicago, IL 60621 773-488-1072