Author Gwendolyn Brooks' Bronzeville Boys and Girls

My name is  Anithra and I am a 22- year -old African American young lady who lives on the South side of Chicago. I am currently studying Inner City Studies and Mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University.  My plan is to become a math professor or teacher. I love math, reading, music, going to the movies, and hanging out with friends and family. I work at Chicago Housing Authority in Resident Service: Special Programs as a Student Intern.

This semester, I am taking an independent study course: Bronzeville Neighborhood Research Project. This course is giving me the opportunity to explore and research the community in which I live. It is very disappointing when you do not know what is in your own backyard; Therefore, I want to do my research on two important topics 1) My Family History and 2) The historic Abraham Lincoln Center, which is now The Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS).

I am interested in researching my family history  because my entire family is from the Bronzeville community on both my Mom’s side and my Dad’s side. I believe that it is important to know where you come from. My family has so much history here and I want to know it all. I figure in a sense my family history will be a perfect segue to Bronzeville history.The original Abraham Lincoln Center at 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. was established in  1903 and its still around today as the Carruthers Center. In my research I plan to explore the significance of the building to the Bronzeville community as well as the famous people who lived, worked and spoke there.