Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious …Read More
If we do not learn from our mistakes, history repeats itself. Most of us have experienced this universal law in our personal lives. So why is it so hard for us to accept that principal when it comes to America’s racist past? Nearly a half-century ago, American saw Watts erupt in flames because of a policing incident.
As much as I wanted to be in the stands for a Jackie Robinson West win Sunday, it didn’t happen. Chicago’s team was subjected to the same thrashing it gave the Lynwood Pacific team last Thursday.
You don’t realize how big the Little League World Series is until you see the small town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Here, far from Chicago’s segregated South Side, you see how ironic it is to have an all-black Little League team play in Williamsport when Jackie Robinson left the Negro leagues to integrate Major League Baseball 67 years ago.
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The late Joseph Haley founded the Jackie Robinson West Little League in 1971. Today, Jackie Robinson West has developed a reputation for being an exceptional league.
Parents of all 13 players on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars will have the opportunity to see their sons play in the Little League World Series thanks to an outpouring of donations.Besides readers, businesses and little league baseball fans, four Major League Baseball players pitched in to help the families.
Donita Butler has been a nervous wreck. Butler is the mother of D.J. Butler, who plays centerfield, on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team. The team made history over the weekend by becoming the first all-black team from Chicago to reach the Little League World Series in three decades.
I pray. I read the bible. I go to church. I try to do unto others, as I would have them do unto me. Do I have questions about who Jesus is? Sure I do. Yet, those questions don’t get in the way of my …
Robert Larson is an unlikely hero. By his own admission, he’s been a bar room brawler, a heavy drinker and a pothead.
The best part of my summer is taking the time to read outside. One of the books I finally got around to is “A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green,” by Thomas Cahill. The honorable Sheila M. Murphy, the former presiding judge …
Frederick Collins, a Chicago Police officer, is one of the people who will try to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015. If you’re not a political junkie, you may not have even heard of Collins. But in 2012, he ran unsuccessfully as a GOP candidate …
Thursday night, a group of 11- and 12-year-old boys will take what could turn out to be a historic road trip. These boys are members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, an elite sports team that draws players from across the South Side. Last weekend, the team won the Illinois State title and advanced to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament in Indianapolis.
If you had to give up some of your personal freedom to reduce the deadly violence in your neighborhood, would you? Would you be willing, for instance, to put up with the indignity that comes with a stop-and-frisk policing strategy?
Shortly after the Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced an 18-year-old teen had been charged in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a grilling from teens on the South Side.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace.
What will it take before Mayor Rahm Emanuel realizes that some neighborhoods in Chicago really are war zones?
Sebrina Cummings has made strides since moving into supportive housing seven years ago. Now, Cummings is again facing homelessness through no real fault of her own.
Conservatives are having a field day. Last week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s slammed President Barack Obama for asking Congress to approve $3.7 billion to deal with the flood of undocumented and unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Because jails have become an acceptable place to warehouse the mentally ill, Jawaun Westbrook, whose family says he suffers from a bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was in a position to allegedly assault two women with a hammer near Navy Pier last week.
The unlikely partnership between Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) to push for criminal justice reforms is getting a lot of kudos. The pair introduced the REDEEM Act on Tuesday. The proposed legislation would keep juveniles out of adult criminal courts by encouraging states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18.
The Fourth of July weekend used to mean backyard barbecues and sidewalk fireworks. But this year, I passed up invitations to gather with family and friends because I didn’t want to risk “becoming an unintended target.”