Dear Broadway Family,
Some of you may be aware of the ban on rap music at the Progress Bar, that has since been removed, that started or rather increased conversations around the issues of ‘racism’ in the Boystown/Lakeview area. An internal email that accidentally leaked into the community said, “Our goal is to promote a positive, happy, energetic, upbeat and most importantly... a fun vibe.”
I do not know what made them take this step, but I do know that it caused them to stop in their tracks and reassess their decision. However, the conversation is not over. On June 5th several community leaders, in collaboration with the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, met to begin conversations about the way people of color feel unwelcomed in Boystown. A “Racial Justice Summit” is scheduled for July 13th hosted by the Lighthouse Church. If you desire to represent Broadway UMC in this conversation, please RSVP here but also let the church office know so we are aware of those representing Broadway in this conversation.