A Century Later, Reflecting On The 1919 Race Riots

Monday, August 5, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Whites and Blacks gather at 29th Street beach after Eugene Williams’ drowning on July 27, 1919. | Public Domain

One hundred years ago — on Sunday, July 27, 1919 — Eugene Williams, 17, drowned in Lake Michigan after a white mob hurled stones at the Black teenager, because he was swimming on the “white side” of a segregated beach near 29th Street on Chicago’s South Side.

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Chicago Defender Releases Last Print Issue, Goes All-Digital

Monday, July 15, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Robert Abbott, the Defender’s founder, appears in an edition of the newspaper, which last week released its last print issue. | Chicago Defender

Shari Noland, 49, of Oak Park, knew what she was getting into when, in 2017, she decided to leave her job as communications director for the Oak Park Education Foundation in order to become executive editor of the Chicago Defender. The cash-strapped newspaper’s best days were behind it, but the Defender’s rich legacy still resonated with the veteran journalist.

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Fred Hampton And The Black Panthers Took Thomas Jefferson At His Word

Thursday, July 4, 2019 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Black Panthers on the capitol steps in Olympia, Wa. in 1969. They were protesting gun legislation. | Courtesy Washington State Archives / Via The Trace

In his last public letter — released two weeks before his death on July 4, 1826 — Thomas Jefferson praised the Declaration of Independence, a document he had drafted a half-century earlier, as “an instrument, pregnant with our own and the fate of the world.” 

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