29 Historic Places For Black History Month: Grant Park (Chicago Illinois)

Grant Park (Chicago, Illinois)

February 28th, 2016


Newly Minted President Obama Addressing the Nation From Grant Park Podium. 11/4/2008

why was it historic? 

    >       The impossible was done, many of us thought we’d never live to see it. But there it was, a victory for the 1st African American President of the United States of America. He stood before a crowd of scores of thousands, & made one incredible speech. While collecting his thoughts of what just happened, he spoke from his heart. It was Election night November 4th, 2008 protected by a bullet proof glass, (because i mean this is America after all). It was one of the proudest moments of my life time, watching someone who looked like my self ascend to the highest office in all of the land, or the world for that matter.

    >      Chicago’s Grant Park provided the setting, a beautifully well kept public park right in the heart of the Downtown loop and coastline. It is Chicago’s version of New York’s Central Park. I believe that this function/celebration turned this park from being just another beautiful park in the City Center of a major city, to one of epic and historical significance. Grant Park (officially open to the public in 1844), is named after former President & General Ulysses S. Grant, it was renamed and given that honor in 1901. The previous name was Lake Park as it sits right on the coast of Lake Michigan. The park itself harbors within its boundaries many smaller parks and museums. The Art institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Skating Rinks a Marina you name it. It’s the perfect place for outdoor activities and to celebrate a Monumental Presidential Election.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

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>    I still remember the feeling, i remember hugging my children & telling them that this is a big deal. I remember playing Jeezy’s song “My President Is Black” over and over and over again. seemed like it was yesterday, as we near a post President Obama era reflection is almost bittersweet. All in All Grant Park was just as important a setting as Presidential Library was for Dr. King in his infamous “I have a dream” speech, This is a place that should be visited, i feel that they should build his Presidential Library somewhere on those grounds.#Thankyou


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