Youth organizers are the engine of this movement, as their determination was the mechanism that drove this campaign. VLA provided the institutional and pedagogical framework, and adult educators facilitated youth development, analysis, and participation, but it was our young people who persevered until the battle was won.
As we reflect on this victory, it is clear that success would have been impossible without the efforts of our collaborators. This list of journalists, historians, organizers, artists, and fierce advocates understood the potential and power of our campaign from inception.
To our gracious co-conspirators, please know that your commitment to recognizing our work, telling our story, spreading the word, teaching, documenting, directing, and designing transformed our existence and propelled this charge. You are part of the reason North Lawndale now hosts a monument that reflects our liberation.
Chicago Freedom School
Friends of the Park
North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council
Jake “JB” Brode
University of Chicago Reparations Working Group