Ida B. Wells Drive: More Than a Street

A crowd celebrates the renaming of Ida B. Wells Drive (Photo by Jerome Rochelle) African Americans have been an integral and influential part of Chicago from its very inception, when a Black man from Haiti named Jean Baptiste Point DuSable founded the “Windy City” in the 1770s. There is a long list of Black residents who have made a national and international impact over the past two and half centuries, with the most recent being Barack and Michelle Obama. This precedent of leadership was set by many, including journalist, suffragist and civil rights pioneer

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