Before the Civil Rights Act, Herman Roberts’s club defined black nightlife on the south side

As proprietor of Roberts Show Lounge and the 500 Room, Roberts booked the likes of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton—and responded to segregation and its legacy with ingenuity and class.

Source: Before the Civil Rights Act, Herman Roberts’s club defined black nightlife on the south side

Dick Gregory Talks Roberts Show Club

Roberts Show Club
The Roberts Show Club was established in 1954-1961- It was “the biggest negro nightclub in America” Dick Gregory

Photo: Vivian G Harsh Collection

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Dick Gregory at Roberts Show Club

Dick Gregory

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