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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lilac
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Just do it.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lilac
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
Just do it.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Over the course of her eclectic career, Hermene Hartman has distinguished herself as a media pioneer. The founder of Chicago's leading African American magapaper N'DIGO, she is one of the few African American women in publishing. Hartman was born in Chicago on September 24, 1947, the daughter of Herman Hartman, the first black Pepsi-Cola distributor in the United States and Mildred Bowden, a retired administrator of Cook County Hospital.

Hartman's career began during the Civil Rights Movement while working for Operation Breadbasket with the Reverend Jesse Jackson. She coordinated the organization's Black Expo. She later produced public service programming for WBBM-TV Chicago and taught behavioral sciences at the college level from 1973-1984.

Her move into the publishing industry came 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 publications. During this time, Hartman recognized the need for honest representations rather than stereotypical images of African American culture in mainstream media.

In 1989, she founded N'DIGO magapaper. As a writer, Hartman became well known for her publisher's page, which offers insightful social commentary about important issues in the African American community. The paper also features news profiles, business information and other contemporary topics that reflect the interests of Chicago's black middle class.

Hermene Hartman has successfully operated The Hartman Group, a full-service public relations firm, since 1977. She has received many honors and awards of excellence for her contributions to the business and African American communities. Hartman holds masters degrees in sociology and philosophy of education as well as an MBA from the University of Illinois.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Hermene Hartman interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Hermene Hartman's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hermene Hartman dicusses her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hermene Hartman describes her family's ethnic heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hermene Hartman describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hermene Hartman discusses her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hermene Hartman tells of how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hermene Hartman describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hermene Hartman describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Hermene Hartman recalls her childhood in Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Hermene Hartman remembers her father's business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Hermene Hartman recalls becoming aware of class differences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Hermene Hartman describes her uncle, singer Johnny Hartman
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Hermene Hartman remembers dining with Bill Cosby as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Hermene Hartman talks about her uncle Johnny Hartman's music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hermene Hartman describes her high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hermene Hartman recalls an encounter with a racist high school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hermene Hartman discusses the difficulty of adjusting to an all-white high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hermene Hartman provides an example of racism at her high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hermene Hartman discusses the social environment at her high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hermene Hartman discusses her name
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hermene Hartman describes her college experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Hermene Hartman discusses her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Hermene Hartman describes her post-college employment experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Hermene Hartman explains how she got involved with the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Hermene Hartman discusses her job as a television producer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hermene Hartman recalls her participation in the first Black Expo
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hermene Hartman describes the success of Operation Breadbasket
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hermene Hartman describes her teaching tenure at the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hermene Hartman discusses the importance of the City Colleges of Chicago system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hermene Hartman reflects on her accomplishments at the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hermene Hartman discusses her media consulting firm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hermene Hartman describes the origins of 'N'DIGO'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Hermene Hartman discusses the ingredients of 'N'DIGO's' success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hermene Hartman stresses the importance of teamwork in the development of 'N'DIGO'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hermene Hartman names major benchmarks in the history of 'N'DIGO'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hermene Hartman discusses 'N'DIGO's' partnership with the 'Chicago Sun-Times'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hermene Hartman pays tribute to the staff of 'N'DIGO'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hermene Hartman explains the distribution of 'N'DIGO'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hermene Hartman compares 'N'DIGO' with 'Today's Chicago Woman' magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Hermene Hartman describes 'N'DIGO's' partnership with the 'Chicago Tribune'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Hermene Hartman explains why 'N'DIGO' will remain a free weekly newspaper
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Hermene Hartman discusses 'N'DIGO's' name and status as a newspaper/magazine hybrid
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Hermene Hartman discusses 'N'DIGO's' annual magazine, 'N'DIGO Profiles'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Hermene Hartman explains how the annual 'N'DIGO' Gala was formed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Hermene Hartman discusses 'N'DIGO's' future plans to advocate for African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Hermene Hartman considers her father's reaction to her success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Hermene Hartman discusses mentors who have impacted her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Hermene Hartman discusses her editorial stances in 'N'DIGO'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Hermene Hartman sees herself as a black person first
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Hermene Hartman considers her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. at the Chicago Board of Trade, 1999
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with Freddy Cole and Dr. Leon Dingle at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Hermene Hartman as a toddler, ca. 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - A newborn Hermene Hartman comes home from the hospital with her parents, Chicago, 1947
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with a Mandel's Department Store Santa Claus, Chicago, ca. 1948
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Hermene Hartman in a publicity shot for 'N'DIGO' newspaper, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Hermene Hartman at the City Colleges of Chicago 75th anniversary luncheon with her parents, Chicago, 1986
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Hermene Hartman at the 'N'DIGO' Gala with Nancy Wilson and Dr. Wayne Watson, Chicago, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon and U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. after a church service, Chicago, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel and Dr. Leon Dingle at a fundraising luncheon, Chicago, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with Rev. Willie Barrow, receiving an award from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Chicago, ca. 1998
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with 'N'DIGO' managing editor Kai El'Zabar at an expo
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Hermene Hartman at a social service facility on the West Side of Chicago, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - Hermene Hartman at a meeting concerning African trade, Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 20 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with South African President Nelson Mandela and Bob Bennett, Chicago, ca. 1983
  • Tape: 5 Story: 21 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with John H. Sengstacke and Kai El'Zabar at the first 'N'DIGO' gala, Chicago, 1996
  • Tape: 5 Story: 22 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with her mother, Mildred Hartman, at an 'N'DIGO' Gala, Chicago, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 23 - Photo - Hermene Hartman at a luncheon with members of Chicago United, Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 24 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with President Bill Clinton, New York, 1998
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with 'N'DIGO' special events coordinator Donna Hodge, Chicago, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Photo - Hermene Hartman at the New York Stock Exchange with Rev. Willie Barrow and Dr. Leon Dingle, New York, ca. 1997
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Photo - Hermene Hartman when she worked for the City Colleges of Chicago, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Al Bell at an Operation PUSH meeting, Chicago, ca. 1978
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Photo - Hermene Hartman teaches a sociology course, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Hermene Hartman with her father and cousin at her uncle Johnny Hartman's last Chicago concert, ca. 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Hermene Hartman is sworn in for the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Advisory Board, Washington, D.C., ca. 1977-1981