This summer at The KLEO Center in partnership with One Summer Chicago, The Community Programs Accelerator at The University of Chicago, MHA Labs, and The Obama Presidential Library Council, we studied and researched as a team about transforming civics in our city of Chicago. We decided 4 weeks into our program that we would operate in action instead of participating in activities that do not serve the way we learn as a collective, being members of Urban Culture and Affairs. On this journey we met some wonderful people who gave us insight and tools that would help us in civic, entrepreneurship, and professional development. All of these key ingredients make up a tasty recipe for economic development.
- The word “civics” is based on the ancient Latin word “civicus” which means “of a citizen”
- a social science dealing with the rights and duties of citizens; and how the government works (-Merriam Webster 1982)
Civics deals with the building up of a city, town, or municipal. It involves civil affairs with citizens who take civic pride to heart. It encompasses roles and responsibilities from personal to public affairs to create a commonwealth or a state between all citizens to create policies, land usage, economic development, and enforce our human rights. Without civics, civil duties, and citizens there seems to be no such thing as government. The evolution of Chicago reflects these dynamics, prevailing the good and the bad of civics.
Our urban city and state, is filled with crime in the streets and government. We all are equally to blame for the increase of violence and other levels of crime in the city of Chicago. Discipline starts at home but should be supported by the people we elect or resources received from the economy should implement programs to transform humanities towards its true destiny. How can our government officials work with the citizens if they don’t invite, create, and encourage them to come to meetings for development? In history, it has been documented in public records on the acts performed by the government conspiring against the members of Urban Culture and Affairs or even just humanity in general. In conclusion, crime is something that needs to be addressed in all brackets.
Hip Hop, Culture, and Politics: Crime in the urban communities and the connection with the government.
Education should be reformed to fill in the lack of information on heritage and culture of social groups in public schools. It’s many ways to live your life and still be an upstanding citizen. Education should be centered around the keystone to developing economics, and that’s building a community. Financial literacy, entrepreneurship, social emotional intelligence are subject areas that we can invest into our curriculum to aid them in professional/personal/business development. This will increase members who will network with diplomacy because they’ll have a commonwealth of principals to deal with their problems/responsibilities/rights. Teach them how to get involved in policy because what city, state, or nation runs without them?
Media, Artist, and other categories of content creators play a big part in the identity of our youth. The news, music, movies, and other forms of entertaining media. More positive messages should be created to influence character building, instead of false realities and negative lifestyles. These are only 1/3 of the challenges we need to overcome in this area.
Check out Dr. Amos N. Wilson’s perspective and philosophies on identity crisis black people, people who predominantly inhabit urban and suburban communities.
Urban Culture and Affairs
Economics is all about providing the right information, at the right time, all the time consistently, to the citizens and members of the nation. We work together and where there are any challenges in our communities or problems in our dealings, we fix them. Reporting goes both ways and so does doing the work.
Enforcing the constitution along with common ethical behavior can lead us to rise higher to another level of intelligence to develop our economics and civic engagements.
- relating to or a characteristic of a city or town
- inner city
- Popular Black culture in general
- the attitudes and behavior characteristics social group
- the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievements regarded collectively
- the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people or other social group
- business and financial dealings
- matters of public interest and importance
- an event or sequence of events of a specified kind or that has previously been referred to
- a matter that is a particular person’s concern or responsibility
Teach Financial literacy for financial freedom.
The Evolution of Chicago
Chicago has been evolving since pre-settlement times until now, and has went through major changes. We’ve been through growth problems industrially and civilly. These changes have affected our population dynamics, economic development, and land usage. According to Pacyga, the author of A Biography Chicago, “The Chicago Record even predicted that the city would become the capital of a new republic born out of crisis”. This was during the time of the Civil War,and look at where we are today, Chicago is one of the most influential cities internationally.
We couldn’t just stop at learning the history of Washington Park (from Cecilia Butler a resident, the President of the president of the Washington Park Advisory Council and the Washington Park Residents’ Advocacy Council). Here’s some information about the population dynamics, land usage, and economic development of Chicago’s evolution to predict what we can do moving forward as an collective. It’s important to know what moves have already been made to plan for the future.
What I have learned from working with Kortni , Tamia, Bailey, Asia, Chonterra, Brandon, Jessica, Aiyana, Lydia, Alexus, and Dynasti is the diversity in our urban communities. Out of our researched we discovered how limitless our potential is when we take accountability for our role and responsibility as a member in society, as it relates to civics.