Local businesses that were owned and operated by a member of the African American population within the North Shore.


— By Bruce Allen King Coming from a family that was grounded in Marcus Garvey’s theories of self-respect self-reliance and self-sufficiency, there was never any talk of “I can’t”, “I don’t know how” and “It can’t be done”. What I know now to be encouragement was, to a youth of 4, ... Read More

A Family History Remembered

—By Priscilla Giles Ordinary people make up the majority of any city and the Thompson-Mack families are just that. Their distinction is that they can trace the family to the North Shore in the day when Black people were pioneering with whites. The family story begins with the kidnapping of ... Read More


— By Frank Santos The building had served a teachers training facility before it opened as Timber Ridge Magnet School in 1995. Ten years later it became the Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School, the first educational facility in Evanston-Skokie school district to be named after an African-American woman. She was ... Read More

Ebony Barbershop: GiGi Giles, A Second Generation

— Janet Alexander Davis The west side of Evanston until the 1980s was predominately African American. The neighborhood was full of hardworking people who owned their homes while raising their children to be the next generation. As time passed, for various reasons, the racial composition of the area began to ... Read More