For Us, By Us: Self-determination and School Segregation on Chicago’s West Side.

Date / Time

April 24, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Is desegregation the solution for inequity in schools? How does segregation impact public education on Chicago’s West Side today?

Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for a book talk and public discussion exploring education and the fight for self-determination and equitable public schools on the West Side of Chicago. Barbara Sizemore was a powerful black educator and former principal in North Lawndale in the 1960s. She championed excellence in black schools and all-black spaces, and received backlash from Civil Rights activists and desegregationists. Learn more about her legacy and its present-day relevance on Chicago’s West Side.

Speakers include Elizabeth Todd-Breland, author of A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s, who will share her research on Barbara Sizemore’s fight for black-led education during school integration; and Prexy Nesbitt, a native West Sider, activist and educator, who comes from a strong family of West Side public educators who knew and worked with Sizemore.

About the book: In 2012, Chicago teachers began the school year with the city’s first teachers strike in 25 years and ended with the largest mass closure of public schools in U.S. history. A Political Education recovers this hidden history, laying bare ruptures and enduring tensions between the politics of black achievement, urban inequality, and U.S. democracy. Books available for purchase from Seminary Co-op Bookstore 

Making the West Side is a Jane Addams Hull-House Museum initiative that brings together scholars, activists, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders to investigate the history of neighborhood change on Chicago’s West Side.