First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement address at King College Prep Tuesday night. The magnet school in Kenwood on Chicago’s South Side would have been the alma mater of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in a neighborhood park one week after she performed at President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. Since Pendleton’s death, Mrs. Obama has kept in touch with students at the school. WBEZ’s Natalie Moore attended the First Lady’s address last night and joins us now. Also, our weekly dose of soul music.
North Lawndale College Prep is creating a financial endowment called The Phoenix Pact to help its students pay out-of-pocket college costs. The initiative partners with universities that have high graduation rates for low-income and minority students.
Saturday marks the last tour of Unity Temple, the famous church in Oak Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s closing to the public until 2017 for restoration. The congregation is moving to a new church while construction is underway. Reverend Alan Taylor, the senior minister joins us to talk about the move, and how a congregation reconciles the sometimes competing needs of a worship community, and a famous landmark. Also, we trace the history of gospel music, including some deep roots in Chicago.
Several public charter schools want to relocate and some of their proposals are drumming up a lot of controversy. Principals, parents, and aldermen from the north side showed up at a public hearing Thursday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to oppose a new high school that wants to relocate to a building at Irving Park road and Lakeshore drive. Others were concerned about charters moving into the closed schools from 2013. WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea has the latest. And, we hear from rap group Poetic Pilgrimage.