Today was so great we got to learn about the rich history of our service site the Wabash YMCA. When African Americans were denied access to other YMCA the Wabash was the first of its kind to admit them. I am really honored that I have an opportunity contribute to this landmark of Black and American History.
Today we had the chance to discover some of the rich cultural diversity Chicago has to offer. From being entertained by a trio of performers in the subway to doing a self-guided tour of the visually stunning Chicago Cultural Center. I found the exhibit on the Mecca Flat Blues particularly stirring. We learned the story of Mecca Flats, an African American housing section that was presented in its time as a slum but in reality was a treasured home to its tenants. We read of how they fought to save their home but were defeated and it was demolished.