African Americans in Chicago

Photo Essay

Exterior of the headquarters of Rainbow PUSH (People United to Save Humanity), the organization founded by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, IL, 1993. Three young children are visible outside the building. (Photo by The Abbott Sengstacke Family Papers/Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images

Bordered on one side by Lake Michigan and by the rest of the United States on all others, Chicago has long been a center of African American history, politics, and culture. From the Industrial Revolution and the Great Chicago Fire through the Jazz Era, two world wars, and the Civil Rights movement, black Chicagoans have been among the nation's savviest entrepreneurs and public servants, and the influence of Chicago's artists, publishers, and spiritual leaders has far exceeded the sprawling city limits. The fifteen photographs that follow provide an architectural and geographic introduction to one of African American history's most significant communities.

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