The village of Glencoe has a proud history of early African American settlement. In recent years, however, this once thriving African American community has begun to disperse. Robert Sideman, a thirty-year Glencoe resident, relates this North Shore suburb's African American history through fond remembrances of Glencoe communities such as the St. Paul AME Church, as well as recounting the lives of prominent African Americans. At the same time, Sideman poses a difficult question: how can the village maintain its diverse heritage throughout changing times? African Americans in Glencoe reveals an uplifting history while challenging residents to embrace a past in danger of being lost.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
Robert Sideman, a 30-year Glencoe resident, received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University. Sideman has been a member of several historical groups and historic preservation organizations, including the Glencoe Historical Society. He presented his paper "A Time of Promise: African Americans in Chicago 1865-1885" at the 2007 Conference on Illinois History. He has also presented testimony before the Chicago City Council and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. While his educational background is in law, he has also taught at the preservation program of The School of The Art Institute and edited a newsletter on Chicago architecture and history. Sideman has conducted tours for groups including Landmarks Illinois, the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Glencoe Historical Society on African Americans in Glencoe.
Table of Contents
Part I "There Is No Suburb Like Glencoe" 15
Part II "Then Everyone Was Your Father, Everyone Your Mother" Wilson Rankin Nancy King 27
Part III "No One Was Ever More Devoted to the Cause of Racial Justice" 53
Part IV "Why Don't They Let Us Fly Planes and Run Ships..." Frank E. Sublett 67
Part V "Where Are All the Black People?" Charles R. Thomas Janet Williams Jennifer Bluford Carol Hendrix Lun Ye Crim Barefield Morris Barefield James O. Webb 81
About the Author 127