I Found the Heartbeat of the City

Another thing I learned in this journey is that you have not been to the best part of Chicago until you have rode the L. This color coded train system covers most of the city taking people to and from the suburbs. But it does more than that.

This public transit system reveals the heart beat of the city. It shows how people live, what they value and how it all works together. There are all kinds of secrets about the system, and if you hang out and watch, you too will catch on.

In addition to those people licensed to stand on the train platforms and sing, there are those who just bust out into song cause they feel like it. Life is so much more interesting with singing strangers in your life. Everyday is a musical.

Self Dignity

This device was an element that helped a generation find dignity as they moved from slavery into freedom. As African American women began styling their hair, they found self confidence to tackle the world around them.

Women like Madam CJ Walker created a system of hair care that was passed down for generations. They gave African American women a way of feeling good about themselves. They gave them a way to make a living and not leave the African American community.

African American hair became a crown that was versatile and diverse.