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Race in Chicago, the Church, Youth Sports and Peace

  • Old St. Patrick's Church 700 West Adams Street Chicago, IL, 60661 United States (map)

Join the community for a book signing and discussion! The event is free and will take place in the OSP Church Hughes Hall. Refreshments & free parking provided.

An excerpt about the book from Amazon:

In this book, Timothy B. Neary reveals the history of Bishop Bernard Sheil’s Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), which brought together thousands of young people of all races and religions from Chicago’s racially segregated neighborhoods to take part in sports and educational programming. Tens of thousands of boys and girls participated in basketball, track and field, and the most popular sport of all, boxing, which regularly filled Chicago Stadium with roaring crowds. The history of Bishop Sheil and the CYO shows a cosmopolitan version of American Catholicism, one that is usually overshadowed by accounts of white ethnic Catholics aggressively resisting the racial integration of their working-class neighborhoods. By telling the story of Catholic-sponsored interracial cooperation within Chicago, Crossing Parish Boundaries complicates our understanding of northern urban race relations in the mid-twentieth century.

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Dr. Timothy B. Neary

Dr. Timothy B. Neary