services [were] held Aug. 31 for Earl Calloway, a longtime columnist and fine
arts editor for the Chicago Defender who also organized the cultural festival
now known as Black Creativity.
Calloway died Wednesday. He was 87.
Calloway was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from
Roosevelt University, where he studied music.
writing for the Associated Negro Press, the Chicago Courier and Negro Press
International, he went to work in 1963 for the Defender, for which the “Earl’s
World” columnist wrote for five decades. He was also a founding member of the
Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
accomplished operatic tenor who performed in Chicago and elsewhere, Mr.
Calloway founded the yearly event originally called the Black Esthetic
Festival, now called Black Creativity. Now hosted by the Museum of Science and
Industry, the annual February exhibition and accompanying gala shine a
spotlight on African-American excellence in science and technology and also
includes a juried art exhibition.
was a founder of the Fine Arts Academy and the Philharmonic Youth Choir and
Oratorio Society of Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist Church and served as executive
director of the Supreme African American Academy of Arts and Letters.