When I first encountered Cyrus Colter’s stories about African Americans in Chicago, they brought back memories from my own life growing up in that city. Here was an African American world in all its variety. Some people in Colter’s stories are poor, but others are affluent, with leisure for dinner parties and for the arts. And in his stories, a poor man, like the protagonist of “A Chance Meeting,” might turn out to be a connoisseur of classical music and opera.
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