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October
22
October
22

For Equal Education Opportunity

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By 1960, Chicago’s Black population had reached over 800,000, and in Black neighborhoods, this meant schools were overcrowded, even though new buildings had been built for Black students. In December 1961, the Board of Education approved Superintendent Ben Willis’s plan to buy 150‒200 aluminum mobile school units (pejoratively called “Willis Wagons”) and install them at More

    October
    21
    October
    21

    “The Whole World is Watching!”

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    Have you watched Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 yet? If you haven’t or want more of the backstory, we’ll get you caught up. Warning: some spoilers below. The film tells the story of the Chicago 7—David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, John Froines, and Lee Weiner—which was originally the More

      October
      17
      October
      17

      A Dancer Among the Stars

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      “Many people do not see a connection between science and dance, but I consider them both to be expressions of the boundless creativity that people have to share with one another.” In 1992, when Dr. Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to travel into space, she fulfilled one childhood dream while highlighting another interest—dance. More

        October
        14
        October
        14

        Latinx Muslims in Chicago

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        Chicago is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States. The community is diverse in a variety of ways—there are followers of many nationalities, ethnicities, and races from the US and around the world, members of various faith traditions, and converts and those who were raised in the faith.  For National More

          October
          08
          October
          08

          How Disaster Shaped the Modern City

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          On this day in 1871, a fire began on DeKoven Street in a barn owned by Catherine and Patrick O’Leary. Fueled by a gale-force wind, this blaze grew into the Great Chicago Fire. Advancing northward over three days, the inferno destroyed three and a half square miles in the heart of the city, leveling more More

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