Tag: Englewood

Open Books and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Bring Books to Englewood and Beyond

Last Saturday, Open Books and Imagination Library partnered with Teamwork Englewood for a celebratory kick-off of their efforts to inspire a love of reading in young Chicagoans. Already Open Books has enrolled over 2,000 children in the Austin, Garfield Park, Little Village, North Lawndale and Pilsen communities in the Imagination Library program. Recently, executive director Eric Johnson’s plans to reach every…

Chicago : A Tale of Two Cities

I don’t know how many times I’ve taken a ride down Lake Shore Drive and just had to take the same picture of the skyline or the sun rising/setting over the lake.  Still rolling along, the extravagant high-rises, vibrancy of downtown and visions of people enjoying what Chicago has to offer makes you feel like you are really a part…

Englewood barber fights back against violence with free haircuts

Sunni Ali Powell didn’t allow the fatal shooting that occurred at his barbershop in Englewood in May (2016) force him to close the doors. The clientele has dropped and members of the community exclaim not to feel safe, but Powell’s Barbershop on 63rd Racine remains open. This weekend Powell launched a ceasefire movement to reduce violence in Englewood by giving…

From “The Great Migration” to “First Generation” : My Story #ProofPointDay

My grandparents hailed from Mississippi to Chicago during The Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a meat factory and also drove a pickup truck collecting odd objects he would sell along the way. My grandmother stayed at home, tending to their four boys. My father graduated from what was known as…