Chicago vocalist Otis Clay passed away last Friday. He was 73 years old. His 50+ year career spanned Gospel, Soul, and Blues.Today, Ayana Contreras remembers her 2013 interview with Clay, and plays a few of her favorite tracks.
The Chicago Defender has been around for a long time--since 1905.And it’s always been more than a newspaper. It was a voice for the voiceless, a lamp that shed light on Jim Crow, and a catalyst for the Great Migration.
The ‘Freshman Connection’ program was cut in 2012, but now the mayor plans to tax tobacco products to reinstate it. He hopes doing so will bring graduation rates to 85 percent. Studies show freshman year is a strong indicator of whether a student will graduate from high school.