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What Chicago Schools Need and Deserve

by Troy LaRaviere An Absurd Proposal Last week, I listened to reports of a State attempt to takeover...

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"Obama Library In Bronzeville" Campaign

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Obama Presidential Library

HOK Proposes Obama Presidential Library for Bronzeville site in Chicago   To read more about the...

U. of C. says it's deferring to Obamas on library

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Bronzeville advocate says bid for presidential library is not a tug of war

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Mayor Emanuels Moves To Control Selection Process

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Black Metropolis Presents Bronzeville's Case

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Chicago Blues Museum Exhibit

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Bike Share in Bronzeville

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What Chicago Schools Need and Deserve

Written by Administrator Monday, 01 February 2016 13:26

by Troy LaRaviere

An Absurd Proposal Last week, I listened to reports of a State attempt to takeover Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and pave the way for bankruptcy proceedings, the way one might listen to a report of UFOs spotted over Lake Michigan.  “Is this a joke?” I thought to myself. While the Board of Education and Chicago’s Mayor […]

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Supreme Life project could spark 35th St. corridor

Written by Administrator Friday, 29 January 2016 12:14

City officials expect the $3.9 million renovation of the Supreme Life Building complex on the South Side into office, retail and restaurant space to set the stage for private development for the 35th Street commercial corridor. For more of this story please go to this link:


Written by Administrator Saturday, 23 January 2016 10:13

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“A Thousand Midnights”: Chicago and the Legacy of the Great Migration

Written by Administrator Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:51

Story from the New Yorker, January 8, 2016: "A Thousand Midnights": Chicago and the Legacy of the Great Migration

“A Thousand Midnights”: Chicago and the Legacy of the Great Migration




A high-school drill team performs at the annual Bud Billiken Parade on Chicago’s South Side. Washington Park, Chicago, 2013.
Credit Photograph by Carlos Javier Ortiz / Economic Hardship Reporting Project




When I was growing up, my mother, Bette Parks Sacks, often told me stories about her youth in Mississippi. She spoke in a slow, sweet drawl, despite the fact that she’d spent her entire adult life in Chicago. I knew of the hardships and beauty of the South, transmitted to me through vivid recollections of her childhood and adolescence. I knew of her deep connection to the land, a holdover from a less-than-idyllic time when she picked cotton from sunup to sundown, beginning at the age of six. I knew that when she and her father headed to Chicago, in the nineteen-fifties, the day after she graduated from high school, they’d left everything behind, including almost all existing photographs of their large family. At the time, I didn’t realize that these intensely personal stories were part of a much larger historical narrative, one that was shared by millions of other black people who went on the same journey.

In early 2015, my husband, Carlos Javier Ortiz, began working on “A Thousand Midnights,” a photo series and short film that use the surviving documents of my mother’s family history, juxtaposed with pictures of Chicago’s black communities today, to explore the legacy of the Great Migration a century after it began. The seeds of the project were sown in the late nineteen-nineties, when Carlos worked as a photographer at the Chicago Defender. In the early years of the Migration, the newspaper had played a pivotal role in encouraging blacks to go north; later, the paper’s reporting helped illustrate how this exodus was instrumental in shaping the modern American city. For Carlos, who had moved back and forth between Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland as a child, the story of a displaced people in search of stability and economic opportunity resonated with his own.

In “A Thousand Midnights,” black experience of the past and present seem to intermingle and collide. A mural of Lorraine Hansberry, the iconic playwright and Chicago native, watches over a couple pushing a baby stroller through this city’s workaday South Side. Remnants of formerly glorious jazz and blues venues lie fallow, replaced by churches and apartment buildings. We see a portrait of a young Clyde Ross, who fled the Jim Crow South to Chicago, in 1947, and fought contract-lending schemes, and another of teen-agers in the Englewood neighborhood commemorating the lives of two adolescent girls who fell victim to gun violence in 2006. In an undated photo, our family’s patriarch, J. B. Parks, stands next to his three sons adjacent to the Mississippi field where my mother once picked cotton. The boys’ gazes convey the stoicism demanded of the time, when they walked more than a mile a day in threadbare shoes to arrive at a blacks-only schoolhouse where students used hand-me-down textbooks that had been discarded by whites. The children in those photos, my uncles, ventured north in search of something better, only to attend segregated public schools in Chicago. Almost sixty years later, Carlos captured photos of the abandoned schools that were shuttered by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the largest school closing in modern American history.

Like Isabel Wilkerson in her luminous 2010 book on the Great Migration, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” Carlos presents an individual family history in the hopes that it might speak to the stories of millions of others. And by assembling images that span the South and the North, the past and present, he shows us a tension at the center of the Great Migration’s hundred-year legacy—the tension between an older generation’s hope for a better life and the harsher realities of living in the northern black metropolis today.

A Thousand Midnights,” a film from Brown Planet Productions, on Vimeo. to see video click here: "A Thousand Midnights"

“A Thousand Midnights” was produced with support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Written by Administrator Friday, 08 January 2016 20:05

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Re-CYCLING History: Black Metropolis/Pullman Porter Great Migration Trail Environmental Education Program

Written by Administrator Saturday, 05 December 2015 14:31

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than 10 years mere study of books"- 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

David A. Peterson Jr. President/ Executive Director
National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
Pullman National Monument, 
in dialogue with Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council board members 
Harold L. Lucas and Ed Thompson about

Celebrating African-Americans in U.S. Labor History

The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (APRPPM} in partnership with the Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council (BMC&TC} and the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement is proud to present the Re- CYCLING  History: Black Metropolis/Pullman Porter Great Migration Trail Environmental Education Program. A series of community-based workshops will take place beginning Saturday December 5th 2015 @ 1:00 PM, at the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, 3501 South Martin Luther King Drive Suite One East, and later in December at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, located in the National Park Service Pullman National Monument.  The intent of the workshop series to educate the public about the emergence of the south lakefront region of Chicago, as a premier outdoor recreational area under the banner of "America's Great Outdoors".
The south lakefront region of Chicago, where African Americans were restricted by legal restrictive covenants for the first half of the 20th Century, within in the boundaries of the Black Metropolis, has emerged in the 21st century from a rust belt former industrial area into a premier outdoor recreational and maritime regional heritage tourism destination attraction under the banner of the Millennium Reserve Initiative. Seating for this community-based workshop is limited.
For more information and RSVP confirmation, please contact:

Harold L. Lucas
Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council
Bronzeville Visitor Information Center (DBA)
3501 South Martin Luther King Drive, Suite One East
Chicago, Illinois 60653
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Billy Ball has the kind of Chicago wisdom that comes from years of sitting behind the bakery counter on 47th Street in Bronzeville and getting to know the neighborhood one Danish at a time. So he said he didn't exactly hold his breath when his neighborhood was labeled an "opportunity area" by Mayor...

46 year anniversary of the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton & Defense Captain Mark Clark. Request you wear black & Panther Blue in solidarity.

Written by Administrator Friday, 04 December 2015 17:45

From the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton on December 4th,1969. until the release of the Spike Lee movie about Chiraq, young black men have been systematically criminalized, disenfranchised and murdered by corrupt police and politicians both black and white within the Democratic party in the city orf Chicago.

Please attend the Chairman Fred Hampton memorial celebration at the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center on Friday December 4th, 2015 at 3:00 PM.
Two weeks ago the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center facilitated two group tour with youth people under 25 years of age, one group was affluent white people and the other lower income African americans neither group knew who Chairman Fred Hampton was historically.

WATCH: "The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI ...


Wendell Phillips Academy Becomes City's 1st Public School Team To Win State Football Title

Written by Administrator Saturday, 28 November 2015 15:02

Wendell Phillips Academy became Chicago's first public high school to win a state football championship Friday night by crushing Belleville Althoff Catholic 51-7 in the IHSA Class 4A finals. To read the rest of this story please click on this link to continue reading the rest of this story.

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