Many Chicago business icons come to mind in remembrance of the Great Migration’s 100th year Anniversary. Our featured author, Kathleen Y. Robinson chronicles her family’s journey as part of the great migration in her book, The Store. Kathleen provides a revealing insider view of a proud family with strong southern roots and life with her husband Warren, doing business inside and outside of Rob’s.
Her story’s roots began in Mississippi and Tennessee. Cities like Memphis provided a starting point for several million people who journeyed from the south to the north seeking a better life. This was the heart of that generation’s mindset, a time when ‘failure was not an option’ and legacy continued.
Kathleen, a Chicago native, shares the story of how she evolves from life in the Chicago Housing Authority’s storied Altgeld Gardens to living in several other iconic locations throughout the city. She subsequently marries a hardworking man from the south whose Mama owned and ran ‘The Store’ before turning it over to her son. Kathleen’s position as wife of a store owner, gave outsiders the impression that she had ‘the best hand.’ Certainly, owning a business was perceived as a big economical step up with a freedom to greatly shape your life. “The Store” goes on to tell the story of how Kathleen raised her children and shopped where she wanted. However, I’ll leave you to read and determine if that perception of economical freedom was her reality. I excitedly await Kathleen’s engaging and straight-forward recount. I’ll be listening for you to call in at 218-548-7622, access code 20112# and join our meaningful interactive conversation on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at 7 pm CST.
Also during our anniversary month of October, Cider Enterprises Book Club will host an “Author Appreciation Ceremony” for our Season Three’s featured over-comers. We will publicly acknowledge these deserving authors with presentations at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637 on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 from 6 – 7 pm. Authors Peggy Riggins and William Griggs will share brief readings of their work to the accompaniment of premier drummer, Baba Elle. Come early on Friday, from 5 – 6 pm, to join us for our ‘self-guided tour’ of Theaster Gates’awesome renovated historical space that is the new home of the famed Johnson Publishing Company Library.
Queen Hostess Claudette Redic,
Owner of Cider Enterprises and
Cider Enterprises Book Club
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