In October of 2012, I got hip to the ESPN series titled 30 for 30: a number of documentary films highlighting significant people and events in sports history. This specific film was about Ben “Benji” Wilson, Chicago’s #1 high school basketball player gunned down one day before his senior season opener in 1984.
The playground was concrete. In the 1990s, the all-black Catholic school, which nested within a once-flourishing farming community, now had no vegetation in sight except for the grass within the gated yard of the rectory where the white priest stayed. At recess, kickball was the main event.
July 2, 2017 commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the one of the bloodiest race riots of the 20th Century. Looking at the racial tensions this country has seen over the last few years, it seems only fitting to look back at the events that went on that day and the last legacy it left on the area. Read More