I am a long-time resident of the city of Chicago. I was born in 1946 in Provident Hospital and lived most of my life on the South Side of Chicago. I have a doctorate in U.S. History with emphasis on Chicago history. I worked for years as a volunteer with the Illinois Black Panther Party, then with Helen Burns and the Southeast Side Environmental Task Force, and with Hazel Johnson, founder of People for Community Recovery. I also enlisted U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' crucial help in closing down the waste incinerator in Austin, which we successfully achieved.
After reading about the push to site the Obama Center in Jackson Park, when both Woodlawn and Washington Park are available, and then reading about how the Chicago City Council steered around the law prohibiting a private entity to build on public land, and in this case prime lakefront land, it seems clear to me that the issue is not the Obama Center, but rather where the Obama Center is put that should raise eyebrows.