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'Sights, Sounds, Soul': A look back at Twin Cities black culture of the '70s and '80s

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Charles Chamblis photo
The Historical Society is asking for public help in identifying the people in the photos. The photo is part of the Minnesota Historical Society's exhibit: "Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis." The exhibit runs from April 26 through Feb. 16, 2015 at the Minnesota History Center.
(Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society. Photographer: Charles Chamblis)

The Minnesota Historical Society has published a new book of photos by Charles Chamblis. The images show the thriving black culture of the Twin Cities in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Chamblis died in 1991. The Historical Society asked jazz drummer, scholar and north Minneapolis native Davu Seru to write the text accompanying the photos. MPR News' Marianne Combs recently sat down with Seru to talk about Chamblis and the community he captured in his photos.

 Listen to their interview by using the audio player above.