Tuesday, October 10, 2017 || By Dr. Rhonda Sherrod || OPINION || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Kerry James Marshall. “Garden Party”. 2003.
I enjoyed Michael Romain’s poignant, beautifully written opinion piece published in the Oct. 4 edition of Village Free Press, entitled “In praise of my aunt, the matriarch, on her 91st birthday.”
I got caught up on this part in particular: “There are fewer opportunities for elders to chastise, fewer teaching moments, fewer exchanges in the backyard.”
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews
Feature image: Janet Linyard Howell, during her younger years. | Jeffrey P. Howell/Facebook
My great-aunt, Janet Linyard Howell, turned 91 last month, which, if I’m not mistaken, makes her the oldest living Linyard any of us Linyards know — one of the last matriarchs in a family full of them.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 || By Isiah Brandon || OPINION || @maywoodnews
As we prepare to step into the fall season let’s reflect on some of the progress that has happened throughout the village. It is important that we come together as a village to celebrate every sign of success that is taking place within our community.
I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with residents across the village at the many block club parties that have taken place among residents. I thank you for sharing your concerns and ideas on how we can work together to create a strong and resilient community.
Continue reading “Evidence of Our Progress”
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 || By Wayne Beals || OPINION || @maywoodnews
Featured image: A building at 6800 Roosevelt Road in Oak Park, left, and a similar property at 904 South 5th Avenue in Maywood. | Google Earth
So there was a big community meeting regarding a very reputable nonprofit developer’s proposal to build a brand new 64-unit, 5-story, mixed-use property on 5th Avenue that would feature first-floor commercial space.
Continue reading “A Tale of Two Properties: How Maywood’s High Taxes Block Business”
Friday, September 8, 2017 || By Rev. Dr. Regi Ratliff || OPINION || @maywoodnews
Featured Image: Protesters at during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. carrying Confederate flags, Gadsden flags, and a Nazi flag. | Antony Crider/Wikipedia
In his 1903 book, “The Souls of Black Folk,” noted author W.E.B Du Bois (pictured below) opined that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” If we’re to mend this society’s brokenness, we must deal with this concept of the color line and the pivotal role Du Bois assigned it in African and human history.
Continue reading “It May Be 2017, But Our Problem is Still the Color Line”
Monday, September 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION|| @maywoodnews
Feature image: A Pullman porter | Library of Congress/Public Domain
“The most influential black man in America for the hundred years following the Civil War was a figure no one knew,” writes author Larry Tye in his eye-opening 2004 book, “Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class.”
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Saturday, August 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews
Feature photo: HUD Secretary Ben Carson | Wikipedia
Earlier this month, Tiffany Robinson, the executive director of the Maywood Housing Authority, urged the Maywood Board of Trustees to draft a letter of support that would be sent to the head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Chicago regional office.
Continue reading “How HUD’s Dismantling is Playing Out in Maywood”