Keep up to date with the latest blog posts from our staff & GCI collaborators. Blogs may not necessarily reflect the opinions of GCI, UIC, or other official positions.

Shaping the Next Stage of our History

History is always in the process of being shaped – and with the lessons that we had the opportunity to learn during 2020, we have much to do to shape a better, healthier and more equitable world.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with our Elders

Thanks to efforts from Aldermen Maria Hadden and David Moore, the City of Chicago, will now commemorate Juneteenth, the day in 1865, when Union troops rode into Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been declared two years earlier.

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Where do we go from here?

In light of the recent protests and outrage against the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman as well as continuing police brutality, especially in black communities, we are reminded both of the Kerner Commission Report and the March 2018 Great Cities Institute event to commemorate the 50 years since its release.

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