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. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. - Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ.
Fr. Boyle, a Jesuit priest, tells inspiring stories about what he learned in his ministry to and with gang members and those re-entering society after incarceration. Fr. Boyle's work at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles provided valuable lessons and a spark that led to the initial establishment of the North Lawndale Kinship Initaitive. Herein you will gain an emotional context for true kinship.
3. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. - Michelle Alexander.
A compelling examination of the American Justice System's oppressive affects on Black males, relegating them to inhumane and appalingly frequent, harsh and long incarcerations. The book furthermore lays out a sociological perspective on the destabilazation of black family life - all vital perspectives for those who relate in kinship to, with and on behalf of people of North Lawndale.
4. Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago - Timothy B. Neary
The History of Bishop Bernard Sheil's well renown Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) which brought together thusands of young people of all races and religions from Chicago's racially segregated neighborhoods to take part in sports and educational programming in the mid-20th century. The book complicates our understanding of northern urban race relations in those years and it helps us to better understand the origins, dynamics and challenges of Chicago's racial division and the requisite for kinship today.
5. Do All Lives Matter? The Issues We Can No Longer Ignore and the Solutions We All Long For - Wayne Gordon and John Perkins
Movements such as Black Lives Matter have arisen in response to recent displays of violence and mistreatment of black and brown American citizens, and some of us defensively answer back, "All lives matter." But do they? Really? This book explores that question by delving into history, current events, Christian teachings and personal stories. It is the start of a conversation about the way forward via raw but hopeful words to move us from apathy to empathy, and from empathy to action. The questions the book poses to us are at the very heart of human kinship.