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Monday, January 15, 2018

From the archive: MLK Day

Posted By on 01.15.18 at 11:22 AM

King speaks at a news conference in Chicago on Jan. 7, 1966. - AP CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
  • AP Chicago Sun-Times
  • King speaks at a news conference in Chicago on Jan. 7, 1966.

The Reader's archive is enormous, going back to 1971. Every day in Archive Dive, we'll dig through and bring up some finds.

Today is Martin Luther King Day. Last year, Renata Cherlise, creator of Black Vrchives, "a curated visual journey through history," teamed up with Danielle A. Scruggs, the Reader's former director of photography, to create this video composed of photos from the Sun-Times archive.

"Nearly 50 years [after King's march in Marquette Park]," they wrote, "Dr. King's dreams can still be heard echoing through the streets of Chicago in vigils, parades, protests, murals, and strolls along King Drive, formerly known as South Park Way."

But how much actually changed for black Chicagoans? In August 2013, the 50th anniversary of  "I have a dream" speech, Steve Bogira wrote that  King's dream mostly remained unrealized.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

A brief visual history of black Muslims in Chicago

Posted By on 05.04.17 at 03:45 PM

During the 1960s, in the midst of the civil rights movement against segregation and discrimination, the teachings of the Nation of Islam extended beyond the fight for equality to include racial self-reliance, discipline, and economic independence.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Help us identify these south-side neighborhoods

Posted By on 02.08.17 at 07:30 AM


The neighborhoods that make up Chicago’s south side—Auburn Gresham, Bronzeville, Englewood, Hyde Park, Kenwood, South Shore, Woodlawn, Washington Park, and so forth—are layered and complex.

In this feature, I wanted to exhibit these communities individually in the course of providing a collective portrayal of the south side. However, in browsing the Sun-Times archive, I noticed that location of many of the photographs was recorded simply as "the south side," with no indication of the specific community depicted.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s deep roots in Chicago bloomed on the south side

Posted By on 08.02.16 at 05:00 PM

Muhammad Ali speaks at an anti-war rally at the University of Chicago, May 11, 1967 - CHARLES HARRITY
  • Charles Harrity
  • Muhammad Ali speaks at an anti-war rally at the University of Chicago, May 11, 1967

By the time Muhammad Ali moved into his Chicago residence in the 60s, he'd already claimed the title as "The Greatest." Born as Cassius Clay in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, boxing was introduced to Ali at a young age as a means to defend himself in retaliation of his stolen bicycle. However, after winning several bouts and titles, it was Ali that used boxing as a platform to defend the civil rights of people all over through his humanitarian efforts and activism.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

For 71 years, Johnson Publishing has been a family affair

Posted By on 06.28.16 at 02:00 PM

Vintage copies of JET magazine are displayed in the offices of Johnson Publishing Company on June 9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. - SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Vintage copies of JET magazine are displayed in the offices of Johnson Publishing Company on June 9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
Born in Arkansas in 1918, John H. Johnson relocated to Chicago with his mother, Gertrude, to further his education after his father, Leroy, was killed in a sawmill accident when Johnson was just six years old. After graduating from DuSable High School and the University of Chicago in 1942, Johnson took out a $500 loan using his mother’s furniture as collateral to open the doors of Johnson Publishing Company.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How Cooley High and Good Times shone a spotlight on Chicago Public Schools

Posted By and on 06.14.16 at 01:00 PM

Edward G. Cooley Vocational High School, 1975 - SUN-TIMES NEGATIVE COLLECTION
  • Sun-Times Negative Collection
  • Edward G. Cooley Vocational High School, 1975

Editor's note: The Reader-has teamed up with Renata Cherlise, the founder of Blvck Vrchives, "a curated visual journey through history," to create multimedia narratives of black life in Chicago using the 
Sun-Times archive. This week's feature explores the real Cooley High and the 1975 film of the same name.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A look back at Chicago’s public housing

Posted By on 06.01.16 at 10:00 AM

Cabrini-Green public housing development in 1976. - SUN-TIMES NEGATIVE COLLECTION
  • Sun-Times Negative Collection
  • Cabrini-Green public housing development in 1976.

Editor's note:
The Reader is teaming up with Blvck Vrchives founder Renata Cherlise to create multimedia narratives of black life in Chicago. Cherlise's site offers "a curated visual journey through history."

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The legacy of Mayor Harold Washington

Posted By on 05.17.16 at 01:33 PM

Harold Washington, then a U.S. congressman, and Danny Davis, then a Chicago alderman, in 1983. - SUN-TIMES NEGATIVE COLLECTION
  • Sun-Times Negative Collection
  • Harold Washington, then a U.S. congressman, and Danny Davis, then a Chicago alderman, in 1983.

In 1983, Harold Washington became Chicago’s first black mayor. Washington’s emergence as a political leader was no fluke, but rather, a direct result of the city’s racial tensions and the black community’s struggle for political power and representation. Washington’s roots were deep in the south side, where he grew up and later lived after serving in the U.S. Army and in the Illinois and U.S. House of Representatives. He won the ‘83 Democratic mayoral primary with more than 80 percent of the city’s black vote.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A visual history of the black vote

Posted By and on 05.03.16 at 10:00 AM

Mayor Harold Washington votes in the 1st Congressional primary in 1983. - SUN-TIMES NEGATIVE COLLECTION
  • Sun-Times Negative Collection
  • Mayor Harold Washington votes in the 1st Congressional primary in 1983.

Editor's note: The
Reader is teaming up with Blvck Vrchives founder Renata Cherlise to create multimedia narratives of black life in Chicago. Cherlise's site offers "a curated visual journey through history."

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A glimpse of Chicago childhood inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks

Posted By and on 04.19.16 at 10:00 AM

Two girls play double Dutch outside the Cabrini-Green housing development in July of 1984. - SUN-TIMES NEGATIVE COLLECTION
  • Sun-Times Negative Collection
  • Two girls play double Dutch outside the Cabrini-Green housing development in July of 1984.

Editor's note: The Reader is teaming up with Blvck Vrchives founder Renata Cherlise to create multimedia narratives of black life in Chicago. Cherlise's site offers "a curated visual journey through history."

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