Historical

Hands of Time: Hands on Pageantry

—by Dino Robinson . . .Look to this day! For today your child has became a Woman! A Beautiful  B L A C K  Woman! . . . —Excerpt from “Miss Black Evanston” 1971-72, composed by Maryland L. Williams and Morris McCorvey Four men with aspirations to join the ranks ... Read More

Juneteenth: Celebrating and Honoring a Heritage

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is a day of celebration or… jubilation. A day filled with: Entertainment, recreation, reflection on education and self-improvement, guest speakers and prayer services. A time where we recognize and honor our elders. . .and ... Read More
Janice Kingslow

From the Shorefront Archives #003

Janice Kingslow: Refusing to Pass By Dino Robinson — Often, researchers at Shorefront ask the question, “What was going on at this time?” when they come across incidents relating to their research topics. Sometimes, we fall into the trap of applying today’s thoughts to yesterday’s events that can lead to ... Read More
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Carrie Crawford Smith’s “Back Door Leadership”. . .

. . . and the Smith Employment Agency, 1918-1954; Connecting Domestic Help with Chicago’s North Shore’s Wealthiest Clientele by Doria Dee Johnson— A wealthy white woman phoned the Smith Employment Agency frustrated that none of her “help” worked out—the domestic labor she hired seemed to turnover after short stays. Her ... Read More