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“If Dyett does not work, we view it as further disinvestment in the quality of life and the basic quality of life institutions of a particular population of people.”
“When they said it was gonna be closed, I said I’d chain myself to the doors, so all them kids can stay there.” –Christian Davis, Amandla parent
Last Saturday, over 700 people flocked to Kenwood Academy for a curriculum fair featuring presentations, workshops, and a panel regarding community organizing and social justice in Chicago area schools. This was the fourteenth annual fair from Teachers for Social Justice (TSJ), an organization of educators from both private and public schools, pre-K to university, who are interested in teaching social justice concepts in their classrooms. According to TSJ co-founder Rico Gutstein, the fair is one of Chicago’s largest educator gatherings of the year.
“No, we don’t eat babies and we don’t kill cats. What you see in the movies—no. We don’t fly on brooms.”
This rally came about a week after the end of the hunger strike, a month-long endeavor where fifteen protestors drank only liquids and some suffered hospitalizations.
There is excitement, then, for the library’s potential to inject capital into Washington Park.
Jahmal Cole has been a public speaker since 1988. He was four during his first speech.
As the sun sets on 47th Street and Vincennes Avenue in Bronzeville, small groups of people trickle into a commanding brick building that occupies the majority of the block. A grassy vacant lot to its right is illuminated by the soft lighting from an adjacent art gallery. Inside the brick behemoth, a thin corridor lined with images of the building’s decline and rebirth leads into an open space. This, the ground floor incubator space of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, currently houses an exhibition called The Doll Project, a series of photographs depicting roadside memorials from across the United States. The exhibit is a component of Chicago Artists Month, a five-week, city-wide celebration of local artists. Continue reading
Where the empty Overton Elementary School building now stands on 49th Street between South Indiana and South Prairie Avenues, Royce Cunningham sees a model of environmental consciousness within an urban community: one part produce market, one part office or gathering space, and one part museum of Bronzeville history. Continue reading