Renata Cherlise is teaming up with the Reader & working closely with Director of Photography, Danielle A. Scruggs, to create multimedia narratives centering black life in Chicago pulling from the Sun-Times photographic archive.
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.
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.