Jane Jane Adams, Sofia Mckinley, Jamal Malone discussed on Chicago's Afternoon News
W g and R Quick the name Ada s McKinley. Do you know who she was? The name is familiar, but maybe you don't know the story. Jamal Malone is on the phone line. He's the CEO of eight s. McKinley community Services, Jamal, thanks for talking to us today. See you. Thank you for having me. It's a fantastic well, it's a sad story in many ways, but a fantastic one. A zwelithini s McKinley founded a Southside settlement house in 1919. Here we are talking about Um, you know, we're living through this pandemic. She helped people through the last pandemic. Absolutely. And, you know, this is the opportunity for us. The correct a tragic historic oversight. So thank you. And thank you for the media for helping us get this message across. Yeah. Tell me about her. How she got started who She was. So a to Sofia McKinley migrated from Texas to Chicago and in 1919, right in the middle of the Spanish flu in the face of World War one and with an emphasis on helping and particular African American men and their families migrating from the south to Chicago, she founded the Southside Settlement House. And as you may be aware, other well known folks like Jane Adams, who started Whole House and other organizations like that these Locations where it started for community service and human service works. And these were the first ones at this time. So, but Jane Jane Adams is a Chicago celebrity a star aid as McKinley sounds like she was doing the same work and she's not And we're thankful for professors Lee and Dieter, who spent three years going from research to help supplement our historic archives and what they discovered in their research, which we already New is that mainly due to media at the time and Chicago being such a segregated place at that time, and even still so today? The media really honed in on the work of Jane Adams even know what they did was parallel, and it asked. McKinley's was more everlasting and specifically when you look at the contributions that 80 Sofia McKinley made it just was not written in the history books. There were no major streets named after her and even media reports or publicity was very limited Their African American women at that time mothers the story I was reading. I'm sure you're familiar with it, but Um, where she was marching arm in arm with Jane Adams after the race rights right to try to bring calm and restore order and things like that she's leading this march with Jane Adams. And in the newspaper. They identify Jane Adams and they see walking with black woman. They don't even put her name in the paper. And so when you look at some of the reports, you know, so I mentioned her name. Some didn't some mentioned Jane Adams. What? They all mentioned Jane Adams and Whole House and gave her that high level of standing. Jane Adams taking the lead on that, But really, when you're walking through an African American community neighborhoods? Yes, it was Jane Adams when she was arm in arm with Anna Sophia McKinley. And that's an example of the media at the time really honing in on Caucasian females, even though they were African American females doing the exact Same work. You know, I talked to a novelist. A few years ago, a guy named Kazuo Ishiguro and he opened my eyes to something it distance. Impossible me, But he said, you know, we write our own stories. You know, you tend to think history is what it is, and we learned the facts of it, but actually, we end up writing our own stories in one way or another, And the story we've written about these aid institutions in Chicago are about giant Jane Adams. And not about eight as McKinley. We've written our own story. We've left an important part out of it. You know it, really thanks to understand what we do today and in the complex work for 102 years that we've performed when you look at just the facts.