- The Great Migration, a long-term movement of African Americans from the South to the urban North, transformed Chicago and other northern cities between 1916 and 1970.
- Chicago attracted slightly more than 500,000 of the approximately 7 million African Americans who left the South during these decades. Before this migration, African Americans constituted 2 percent of Chicago's population; by 1970, they were 33 percent.
- E.g.: "When Harvey Clark [African-American] tried to move into Cicero, Illinois, in 1951, a mob of 4,000 whites spent four days tearing his apartment apart while police stood by and joked with them."
- Life magazine reported in 1957 that "10,000 Negroes work at the Ford plant in nearby Dearborn, [but] not one Negro can live in Dearborn itself (Coontz 31; Life 11 March 57: 163).
Chicago 1989. Love story
- Not every couple gets the luxury of getting the location of the first kiss marked with a commemorative plaque – but then this is no ordinary pairing.
- In fact, not only do Barack and Michelle Obama have a city plaque marking their first smooch outside a Baskin-Robbins in Chicago's Hyde Park, they're getting a movie, too.
- An independent feature, Southside With You, is due to begin filming in July.
- The story will follow the pair's first date in 1989, which takes in the highlights of Chicago's south side and also a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
- The pair met when Obama took a summer job with a Chicago law firm, where the-then Michelle Robinson was working as a lawyer.