My gift to Chicago's Newberry Library will keep giving to researchers and anyone interested in Chicago history for generations to come.
Gratitude and "becoming the light" this Thanksgiving
This Memorial Day, I'm remembering not just my uncle, Lt. Frank Ebner Gartz, WWII B-17 navigator, but the memories of his service (300+ WWII letters to and from him, 1943-1945). Last week I donated those letters, along with 50+ bankers' boxes of memories, our family archives, to the Newberry Library. Here's how it came about.
Chauvin's conviction on three counts, two for murder and one for manslaughter, account for a 1 in 2000 chance that a police officer will be convicted. We must work and support truth-telling among police for African Americans to gain any real trust in policing.
I posted this essay last year on Martin Luther King Day. What I write about still stands today, but what a difference a year makes in our greater understanding of Black Lives Matter and the inequities wrought by the coronavirus.