Englewood Legacy Project

Faith, Power, & Truth Englewood Legacy Series

Tell us your Englewood Story

Dive deep into Englewood’s pulse with the Englewood Legacy Project – where the streets tell stories and the beat of history echoes through every corner! This series is a dynamic collaboration, uniting leaders and organizations committed to not just preserving, but celebrating the rich tapestry of Englewood, Chicago. Step into an urban time capsule, a vibrant resource and platform crafted for Englewood’s own – residents, visitors, and stakeholders, ready to groove with the community’s soulful past and electrifying present. Your journey through the heart of Englewood starts now!

Englewood Theater

The Englewood Theater, opened in 1916, became a prominent entertainment venue for African Americans during the segregation era. It hosted renowned performers like Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington.

Jean Carter - Hill 

Jean Carter-Hill was a longtime community activist and co-founder of Imagine Englewood If “save our youth and make Englewood a better place to live.”

Present-day Challenges & Renewed Focus

Englewood continues to face social and economic challenges, including crime rates, poverty, and limited access to resources. However, there is also a renewed focus on community revitalization and empowerment, with initiatives aimed at improving education, economic opportunities, and overall quality of life for residents.

Faith, Power, & Truth Englewood Legacy Series

Dive into the soulful rhythm of Englewood’s history with the Englewood Legacy Series – a powerhouse collaboration of leaders and organizations dedicated to preserving and celebrating the heartbeat of Chicago. Our mission is clear: to craft an immersive website that goes beyond the ordinary, serving as a vibrant hub for Englewood residents, visitors, and stakeholders to not just explore, but experience the rich tapestry of the community’s past and present.

Our main objective is to elevate Englewood’s historical significance by capturing the authentic stories of its resilient residents. Through captivating interviews and personal narratives, our website becomes a living canvas where the Englewood community can share their experiences, memories, and contributions – weaving together a collective tapestry that boldly showcases the neighborhood’s unique identity. Enter our dedicated history page, a treasure trove that delves deep into Englewood’s past, chronicling its growth, milestones, and cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in a curated collection of video interviews, archived photos, documents, and artifacts that offer an intimate glimpse into the community’s evolution over the years.

This history section isn’t just a stroll down memory lane; it’s a dynamic educational resource promoting a profound understanding and appreciation for Englewood’s vital role within the broader context of Chicago’s African-American history. Our goal is simple yet profound – to attract a diverse audience, including Englewood residents, neighboring communities, history enthusiasts, and those passionate about social justice and community development.

Your generous support enables us to continue to make tremendous strides in advocating for working families while strengthening and stabilizing neighborhoods.