Chicago South Side Home Recognized for Role in Desegregation

February 11, 2010

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sudler-sothebys-logo11 February 2010 ? Chicago City Council voted yesterday to grant the Lorraine Hansberry House landmark status, a result of the home’s critical role in early desegregation movements. In 1937, the Hansberry family’s peace was shattered when a concrete chunk was thrown through the window of their new home, sending a racially charged message that the family was not welcomed by white neighbors. The family fought to stay in their home at 6140 S. Rhodes, and three years later in 1940 the US Supreme Court passed a decision ending racially discriminatory housing covenants in Chicago. Before this ruling, African-Americans were limited to living in crowded and run-down neighborhoods on the city’s south side. The segregation was enforced by property covenants that restricted non-whites from moving into white neighborhoods. While the Hansberry family was a leader in this housing, they were not unfamiliar with taking a stand against discrimination. The family frequently ate at establishments known to discriminate, and if denied, would sue for equal access. While the current home owner could not be reached by the Tribune for comment, Mamie Hansberry, now 86 and living in Los Angeles, says she’s honored that the city is considering this recognition.

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