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Thursday, December 11, 2014

the way we never were neither there nor anywhere only in CHICAGO.

Black history

  • 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.
White tenants seeking to prevent blacks from moving into the Sojourner Truth housing project in Detroit erected this sign, 1942

  1. 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."
  2. 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 
Love story: Michelle and Barack Obama's romance is to get a retelling on the big screen.
Michelle and Barack Obama's romance is about to get a retelling on the big screen.

Read more:
  • 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.

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