Chicago is home to the third largest urban African-American population in the United States. The majority of these Chicagoans live on the city’s South Side, which includes the communities we serve.
Our charitable efforts are limited to the Bronzeville, Douglas, Englewood, Grand Boulevard, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, and Washington Park neighborhoods.
While crime and unemployment are of concern in these areas, each community has a rich history and holds a prominent place in Chicago’s modern culture.
Points of Pride:
- Bronzeville was a major destination point for African Americans during the Great Migration and was known as the Black Metropolis in the early 20th century.
- Many celebrities called Englewood home in their childhood years, including singers Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan, as well as Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose.
- Hyde Park is the racially diverse community that houses the University of Chicago campus and thriving retail districts.
- The home of the 44th President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, and the nation’s first family is located in the Kenwood neighborhood.
- The Washington Park neighborhood houses the DuSable Museum of African-American History as well as the 72-acre Washington Park, which is a proposed site for President Obama’s presidential library.