Black Voices, the WTTW – Chicago PBS program that brings the diverse voices of Chicago’s Black community to the forefront, addressed the unsung legacy of Ada Sophia McKinley in this final segment of Chicago Tonight’s Black History Month programming.

The story focuses on the effort to rewrite and strengthen the history in which Jane Addams is recognized globally and historically as a pioneer social reformer while Ada S. McKinley has gone unrecognized. Both Chicago trailblazers did similar work in the same time span, just four miles apart from one another. New research indicates race played a factor in McKinley being excluded from recognition. Interviewed are Jamal Malone, CEO of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.; KangJae “Jerry” Lee, assistant professor at North Carolina State University; and Rodney Dieser, professor at University of Northern Iowa.

Rewriting History: Recognizing Black Trailblazer Ada McKinley
February 28, 2021
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View Official Press Release from Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
View new research finding less than equal recognition of Ada S. McKinley compared with other social reformers.
Learn more about the effort to get recognition for Ada S. McKinley and how you can help.