Category Archives: Chicago Writing

The “Intercollegiate Wonder Book” and the “New Negro”

“Realizing the need of an organization to bring together the few colored students attending the college and universities of Chicago in summer and living in various parts of the city, two social workers, Miss Mary McDowell and Mrs. Celia Parker … Continue reading

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Mike Royko: Controversy…and the Cubs

When Mike Royko died in 1997, Chicago mourned.  Granted, a few of the many people he confronted in his no-nonsense manner may have secretly celebrated, but his death was seen by many as the end of an era, when newspaper … Continue reading

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Ida B. Wells Boycotts the World’s Fair – Part 2

[ Read Part 1 of this post. ] Chicago eventually became Ida B. Well’s home base.  What drew her here, away from her significant writing and crusading in Memphis, was controversy over the “White City” of the 1893 World’s Fair.  Blacks were … Continue reading

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