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‘Say Her Name’: Protesters on the Breonna Taylor case and BLM movement

September 24, 2020

Following the news that officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor would not be charged with murder, protesters across Chicago peacefully took to the streets to express their anger and fatigue...

Krista Franklin (left) and Nate Marshall (right) discussed the nature of publishing work during the pandemic at a virtual lecture for the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Q&A: Columbia alum Krista Franklin on Black futures, the pandemic and activism

September 14, 2020

The core of writer, visual artist and Columbia alum Krista Franklin's identity is being a Black and femme woman, which she purposefully reflects in her writing, art work, conversations an...

Chicago artists, scientists join forces to craft conversation on climate change

Chicago artists, scientists join forces to craft conversation on climate change

September 11, 2020

Seven artists and seven scientists walk into the Indiana Dunes National Park. But it is not a punchline; it is the basis of a new gallery at Columbia that visualizes the impacts of the climate cri...

This online gallery promotes activism through student-made illustrations

This online gallery promotes activism through student-made illustrations

August 12, 2020

A blood-splattered bald eagle. The back of a Black man, fist raised, wearing orange. Shadowed bodies view Fourth of July fireworks from behind a wired fence. These are some of the powerful images featured...

Paint The City initiative supports local artists who ‘bring a little light back’

Artist Bryant L. Jones uses art as a creative outlet to spark conversations around important issues.

By Lauren Leazenby, News Editor

June 26, 2020

Black hands pray to “Heal the Hood” on a boarded-up currency exchange. A black-gloved fist is raised next to the words “Black Lives Matter” on the windows of a restaurant. A painting of a Black man ho...

Letter to the Editor: How to be an ally in social justice movements

Letter to the Editor: How to be an ally in social justice movements

June 3, 2020

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, expectedly, there is a sudden and great influx of posts, stories, videos and pictures of calls-to-action and information relating to race relations and how to...

Featured speakers Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Lt. Gov. Julia Stratton and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Michelle Duster, an adjunct faculty member in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department and the great-granddaughter of suffragist and journalist Ida B. Wells, attended the League of Women Voters centennial celebration with other activists, leaders and elected officials.

League of Women Voters turns 100, but work not done yet

February 18, 2020

Illinois politicians, community leaders and members of the League of Women Voters gathered at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., to celebrate the organization's centennial Friday, Feb. 14...

Colbey Reid, chair of the Fashion Studies Department, and other attendees are given the name and age of a transgender woman of color by quilter Melissa Blount to learn more about the circumstances in which they were killed, and to embroider their names and ages into the fabric for Blount’s quilt.

Fashion students get a lesson in the fabric of activism

February 13, 2020

Melissa Blount began making quilts in 2017 after her husband, Ben Blount, began his art project “275 Holidays” to memorialize black men who lost their lives to violence in Chicago during 2016. Her ...

Thousands of marchers make their way down Adams Street during the Chicago Women's March, Saturday, Jan. 18.

Chicago’s fourth Women’s March, in photos

January 19, 2020

Thousands gathered in Grant Park for the fourth Chicago Women's March, which began in 2017 in reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The Saturday, Jan. 18 march—which will be ...

March for Life Chicago claims to be the largest pro-life event in the Midwest. Over 8,000 were in attendance during 2019's march.

Chicago’s March for Life attracts anti-abortion supporters, counter-protesters and white nationalists

January 15, 2020

Editor's Note: In this article, sources refer to abortions as pertaining to women. The Chronicle acknowledges that abortion is applicable to all people, regardless of gender identity.   ...

Opinion: This Thanksgiving, check your privileges at the door

Opinion: This Thanksgiving, check your privileges at the door

November 17, 2019

By the time you finish reading this, I can’t promise that you will suddenly be the most “woke” person in the room when it comes to racial discrimination and other systematic forms of oppression a...

The Rohingya Cultural Center, 2740 W. Devon Ave., has been facing financial obstacles as the number of donations has decreased and a government grant they applied for last year was denied.

Students to help Rohingya Cultural Center

November 8, 2019

Nasir Zakaria was 14 years old when he escaped captivity in what was then the country of Burma. Kidnapped by the military, alongside others, he waited until the soldiers were asleep to make his way t...

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