The film “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, is garnering a lot of Oscar buzz. The title is a reference to “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide for African Americans that helped them navigate a country that was often hostile towards them. http://via.wgntv.com/k0X1ZIn the movie “Green Book,” classical pianist Dr. Don Shirley is about to embark on a tour in deep south. Knowing the prejudice he’s sure to face, his managers equip his driver, Tony, with […]
Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago with his family in 1966 with a plan to call attention to the city’s racial inequalities, especially housing, education and employment opportunities. He lead marches through segregated neighborhoods, demonstrated in front of real estate offices and held rallies as part of the Chicago Freedom Movement. The WGN archive video below features extended scenes and speeches by King in Chicago that summer as well as during other visits in the 1960s.
CHICAGO — It was race day for young women from all over the Chicago area who worked for weeks building their own go-karts out of old, recycled refrigerators. It’s ComEd’s 5th annual Icebox Derby, aimed at getting girls interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The competition included 30 girls in six teams, each given a recycled fridge, a guide book and mentors from ComEd.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Radio host Ricky Smiley and his celebrity friends gifted an Alabama teen quite the graduation gift. The host, along with Tyrese, Mike Epps and Da Brat, gave Corey Patrick a brand new SUV. Someone posted on Facebook a photo of the teen taking the bus to his high school graduation ceremony. The viral photo caught the attention of Smiley. Smiley said he saw the photo and wanted to make sure Patrick had everything he needed for his next […]
CHICAGO – MB Bike the Drive is this Sunday, May 27. And there’s a new team excited to participate. For the first time Envision Unlimited, an organization that helps adults with cognitive disabilities has its Buddy biking Program ready to hit the drive on tandem bikes. “Sometimes we ride the bike to learn to not give up, ” said Jamie Portillo, a client at Envision. She is riding with her partner Depaul student Eric Baze. Tandem bikes were donated to […]
CHICAGO — In the summer of 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved his family to Chicago’s West Side to call attention to the segregated, slum conditions many black people were living in. As part of the Chicago Freedom Movement, Dr. King fought against de facto segregation in Chicago’s housing, education and business practices. Teaming up with local activists, King led marches and negotiated with Mayor Daley. On the 50th anniversary of King’s death, we’re sharing these stories by WGN’s Cortney Hall […]
CHICAGO — Many Chicagoans may balk at the comparison of our city to a war zone. But Chicago pastor Chris Harris saw some striking similarities when he visited Tel Aviv in 2012. “I was in the Holy Land and I believe God was revealing to me an assignment that I should take on in my life,” he said. While there, he discovered an organization called NATAL. It’s a trauma center established to treat victims of terror and war suffering from […]
CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, WGN worked with Breakthrough Urban Ministries to show students in grades six through 12 what it takes to be a journalist. Last year, the students put together a piece highlighting a community garden in the Garfield Park neighborhood. This year, WGN upped the ante and the students spent the week long camp creating their own newscast. WGN Morning News’ Cortney Hall and producer Afua Owusu teamed up with the West Side […]
ENGLAND — Anrnav Sharma recently scored a 162 on the Mensa Test without any preparation. A 162 is the highest mark you can get on the test, putting Arnav in the top 1% of the nation in terms of IQ. To put this achievement in perspective, both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking scored a 160 on the test. A 140 is considered the genius marker. Aside from the high test score, he’s a fairly normal kid. He enjoys badminton, swimming, […]
CHICAGO — A priest from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was robbed early this morning. It happened in the 9100 block of S. Baltimore Ave. The priest was walking his dog when another man asked him for a dollar. When he took out his wallet, the man showed him a gun and demanded his wallet. The priest said that he’s not mad, he just “feels sad about the kid who felt the need to do this,” and he is […]