The following literature provides interesting and insightful perspectives on North Lawndale's past, present and future.  They also make compelling cases for Old St. Patrick's Church and the North Lawndale neighborhood engaging in a communty development partnership called "The North Lawndale Kinship Initiative."
The story of racial injustices against African American homeowners in North Lawndale in the 1950's-70's, including redlining and contract buying.  Read about  the destabilizing residual effects these injustices had on that neighborhood and other similar ones across the United States.    The book gives a vital context for understanding the Chicago West Side's housing patterns and economic repercussions to this day.  It provides foundational understandings of the need and invitation for true kinship between North Lawndale and Old St. Pat's.  

2.  Barking at the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship - Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ. 

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Fr. Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest, tells inspiring, and often humorous stories about what he learned in his ministry to and  with gang members and those re-entering society after incarceration at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. This work and Fr. Boyle's previous best seller, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, have given impetus to the North Lawndale Kinship Initiative, other ministries and audiences worldwide. These two books provide insight into the true meaning and power of KINSHIP.  

3.  Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson

A tense, no holds barred conversation between the author and white Americans. Dyson notes the intensity of Black American grievances and the urgency for white Americans to recognize, confront and own their own racism and social privilege. Then and only then, the author contends, can we end the long burning crises of race relations in America.