SOUTH SHORE — South Siders can share their memories of moments in Black history at the Obama Foundation’s “My History, My Voice” event Wednesday evening.
Though all are welcome, the event will have a particular focus on the stories of South Shore, Woodlawn and Washington Park residents, said Michael Strautmanis, the Obama Foundation’s chief engagement officer.
The night is intended to build community and connection in the areas closest to the planned Obama Presidential Center, Strautmanis said.
Neighborhood residents set to speak include host Carol Adams, co-convener of the South Shore Works initiative; Cassandra Guice, who will share the story of her grandfather’s experiences during the 1919 race riots; and Corey Mason, a Woodlawn resident and executive director of Fearless Leading by the Youth.
“People should expect to hear real, meaningful and authentic stories around blackness on the South Side of Chicago,” Strautmanis said.
South Shore Brew was chosen as the host venue because owners Jennifer and Cory Barnes exemplify the type of entrepreneurship the Foundation wants to encourage on the South Side, Strautmanis said.
“You see a lot of this happening even before the Obama Presidential Center comes — people are opening up businesses and participating in cultural activities,” he said. “We hope we can create a place that supports and accelerates that, so we can have some of that indigenous growth that made these neighborhoods special when I was a kid.”
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