Chicago’s Record 1967 Snowstorm and Race Relations

My dad and my two brothers, ages nineteen and thirteen, started shoveling out our car that had been mired for two days in snow after the city's greatest twenty-four hour snowfall had brought Chicago to a standstill. They were down near thirty-third and Wentworth, close to IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) where my older brother, Paul attended, but commuted from our home on Keeler near Montrose. As they dug in their shovels around each of the tires, tossing snow over their shoulders, a group of twelve African American men moved toward them with determined strides.

2017-12-19T19:45:12+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Black history, Chicago: A View Over Time, Race, Race relations|

Harriet Tubman-a woman for all seasons

The choice of Harriet Tubman for America’s $20 bill thrills me because it acknowledges two under-represented groups in our country: women and African Americans. When the face of Susan B. Anthony, a champion of women’s rights, was emblazoned onto a [...]

2016-04-22T10:27:32+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Black history, Pop|