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Between the Great Migration & Growing Exodus: The Future of Black Chicago?

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750 South Halsted Street

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Report Launch – Between the Great Migration and Growing Exodus: The Future of Black Chicago?

Starting in 1980, Chicago’s African American population growth not only halted, but reversed. By 2016, the population of black Chicagoans had decreased by 350,000 from its peak in 1980. These population trends have attracted significant media attention and speculation about why black Chicagoans are leaving the city. Given these trends, UIC's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) set out to analyze what the data on population in Chicago can tell us about black migration into and out of the city. In our report, Between the Great Migration & Growing Exodus: The Future of Black Chicago?, we assess the historical context of shifts taking place over the past 100 years, provide a more detailed analysis of population change across Chicago neighborhoods from 1990 to 2016, and examine where Chicagoans who are leaving the city are going.

Join IRRPP and co-sponsors, Chicago Beyond, the Woods Fund, and Roosevelt University's Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, for breakfast and a presentation by IRRPP Director Amanda E. Lewis on this new report. After the presentation, the following subject area experts will respond to the findings and share their research and reporting on this important issue impacting the lives of all Chicagoans:

Teresa Córdova, Director of the Great Cities Institute and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC

Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago

Lisa Yun Lee, Director of the National Public Housing Museum and Associate Professor of Art History & Gender and Women’s Studies at UIC

Alden Loury, Senior Editor in Race, Class and Communities at WBEZ

Barbara Ransby, Director of the Social Justice Initiative and Distinguished Professor in the Departments of History, African American Studies, & Gender and Women’s Studies at UIC

Dave Stovall, Professor of African American Studies & Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC

Stacey Sutton, Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC

Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Associate Professor of History at UIC


Please note, there will be breakfast and copies of the report available for participants at the event.


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