N'Digo, an African-American alternative weekly publication, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009. Hermene Hartman, who founded the publication in 1989, became famous for her "publisher's page," which offers social commentary about issues important to the African-American community.
The paper also includes news profiles, business stories and features on topics of interest to Chicago's black middle class. Founder Hartman moved into publishing after her tenure as vice-chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, the nation's second-largest community college system. She was the first woman to serve in this capacity overseeing media and community relations, as well as marketing and publishing. It was while at City Colleges that Hartman recognized the need for a publication such as N'Digo, in which she aims to offer an honest representation of African-American culture.
N'Digo will formally toast its 20th birthday at a black tie gala on June 20th at the UIC Forum.