May marks the anniversary of the second inauguration of Harold Washington, Chicago's first (and so far only) black mayor. To mark that milestone, Blvck Vrchives curator Renata Cherlise considers the parallels between the political climate in Chicago during the 1983 mayoral election and the political climate of today.


Nearly 41 years after the premier of Cooley High, we take a look back at CPS during the 60s and 70s, and the longstanding fight for educational equality. 


On the 50th anniversary of a landmark desegregation lawsuit, the Reader and Blvck Vrchives offer this visual sampler of the city's segregated housing past.

A glimpse of Chicago childhood inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks.


In this election year, we look back at the history of black voter mobilization in Chicago and in the south.

The Reader is collaborating with Blvck Vrchives founder and curator Renata Cherlise to craft narratives using material from the Sun-Times archives. The first feature is a reflection of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impact on Chicago, as well as the brief period of time he spent in the city to promote fair access to housing and education.