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Items in DuSable exhibit provoke painful memories

To the Editor: In reference to [the] recent article “New Display at The DuSable Museum”(August 19), I am concerned about an item that will be displayed, for “Freedom, Resistance, and the Journey Toward Equality.” To get an idea of where one is headed, in my opinion, one must first know where he/she has been. Moving(…)

Hunger strikers want to hear from officials

By JAY TRAVIS As the Hunger Strike for Dyett enters its 9th day, the silence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Will Burns (the Education Chair of the City Council), and State Representative Christian Mitchell is deafening. This strike is not only about ensuring that African American students in the heart of the 26th District do(…)

Hyde Park boils over water

Hyde Park boils over water

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A portion of Hyde Park, including the University of Chicago and surrounding businesses and residential buildings, was subject to a boil order from Saturday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 30. Residents within the boundaries of 56th Street on the north, 59th Street on the south, Dorchester Avenue on the east(…)

DuSable Museum’s latest exhibit recounts a history of freedom

DuSable Museum’s latest exhibit recounts a history of freedom

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The opening of the new exhibit “Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality” was held at DuSable Museum of African American History. The display is DuSable’s largest permanent exhibition, and tells the stories concerning over 200 years of African-American past. “We were planning this exhibit long before it’s coming out,”(…)

Using marathon as metaphor, La Rabida pushes donors to act

Using marathon as metaphor, La Rabida pushes donors to act

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This year, La Rabida Children’s Hospital is inviting people to join in its new 26.2 Challenge Fundraiser “How Will You Do Your 26.2?” Patients and donors will accomplish challenges in increments of 26.2, the number of miles in a marathon. Each individual challenge can be picked by the volunteer, and(…)

SB100 changes school discipline practices

SB100 changes school discipline practices

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Aug. 24, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 100, legislation aimed at disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and reforming school disciplinary practices that unfairly detriment students of color. SB 100 was created with the input of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a youth organizing collaborative for(…)

SHop celebrates ideas, the creative in temporary spaces

SHop celebrates ideas, the creative in temporary spaces

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Through collaborating with creativity and open programming, the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) is aiming to culminate the DIY spirit of Hyde Park. Previously known as Hyde Park Free Theater, SHoP, 1448 E. 57th St., is refocusing on renewal this fall. Laura Shaeffer, the artistic director of SHoP, said the(…)

Student stories to be on display at OI

Student stories to be on display at OI

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Next year, the Oriental Institute will display student submitted artwork in order to bring attention to the global problem of looting and destroying cultural heritage. Chicago-area students and teachers alike are encouraged to submit two-dimensional artwork to the project, “Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story”, to be shown May(…)

Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

By SAM RAPAPPORT Staff Writer As Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., gears up for the 2015-16 school year and prepares to expand its academic center into the Canter Building next door, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., principal Gregory Jones must deal with the realities of a Chicago Public School budget crisis. On Saturday,(…)

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., 25-year-old Reginald Sampson was fatally shot while inside of his vehicle in the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. According to a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Sampson suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body after the occupant of a passing(…)

Metra trying to fix water leakage problems

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer According to a Metra spokesperson, the transit company is working to address track-level water problems that have played a role in the closings of three Hyde Park businesses. Wallace Goode, the Executive director of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, has been aware of tension between local businesses and Metra(…)

Bret Harte principal to receive fellowship

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Shenethe Parks, principal at Bret Harte Elementary School, has been chosen as one of 20 principals to participate in a professional development program. “I am excited about the learning that’s ahead and am motivated by the opportunity,” Parks said. The Chicago Public Education Fund, in partnership with Northwestern University, selected(…)

Locals muse over the next move for the Obamas

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the Presidential Library has claimed its home on the South Side, President Obama and his family will probably not be returning once his term ends. The Obamas’ residential home, 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., in Hyde Park has remained vacant while the family has been busy in Washington, D.C., and(…)

University’s Community Programs Accelerator seeks nonprofits to assist

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This fall, the University of Chicago is offering the Community Programs Accelerator (CPA) for a second year. The program helps develop and strengthen nonprofit organizations in local areas, with the goal of helping communities grow and thrive. The program assists the organizations through funding, or human team support. Last year,(…)

DuSable Museum hosts ceremony in memory of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago’s first non-native settler, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, will be the subject of a memorial ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Court, 401 North Michigan Avenue. The memorial is open to the public and is hosted by The DuSable Park Coalition. Following(…)

New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new business is moving into the neighborhood on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. Modern Cooperative, a furniture and home accessories store, will be taking the place of the clothing boutique Anastasia at 1500 E. 53rd St. The store will also be utilizing the space currently(…)