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Shorefront Journal

Shorefront Journal is the official online publication of Shorefront. Occasional postings explore local Black history, work within Shorefront and welcomes contributing articles from the general public. The original journal began in 1999 as a printed quarterly. In 2012, the journal transitioned online with an annual printed version. Several issues of the original journal can be found at

For submissions: Send articles and supporting images for consideration to

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Publications: Visit for all of Shorefront’s active publications through Shorefront Press.

In 1999, Shorefront Journal, in its original printed form, was released to meet the need of sharing these significant stories to the general public. Published quarterly, this informal journal gave voice to the many historical moments throughout the Northern suburbs of Chicago.

The journal also gave exposure to more than 60 contributing writers — students, professors, historians alike — and became a venue for writers to share their stories and skills.

Shorefront welcomes the work of novice and professional writers and will make every effort to assure timely consideration of submissions. CLICK HERE to submit.

Shorefront Update #008

The first six months of 2015 have been very busy at the Legacy Center located in the lower level Sherman United Methodist Church, a strong supporter of Shorefront. New projects, archive acquisitions and community engagement have taken most of our time. At the same time, Shorefront will be receiving some additional help for the summer ...

“Somewhere There’s A Child A-Crying”: The Early Life and Activism of Dr. Iva Carruthers

—by Doria Johnson   When asked about what it means to be an elder, Iva Elaine Carruthers responded, “How do I facilitate the next generations’ understanding of what its call is?” The answer seems to have undergirded her life. A self-described mother/activist, her involvement in the lives and wellness of children, the collective community, the ...

Allen “Bo” Price: Shaping Evanston Youth

—By Carlis Sutton Anywhere you go on the West Side of Evanston and mention “Bo” Price, there will be an immediate response: “He’s the man!” In Bo’s brief eighty-six years of living in Evanston and over sixty years of working with young people, Allen “Bo” Price has had an indelible impact on our community. Interviewing ...

Robert Johnson: An Entrepreneur in Spirit

—by Joi-Anissa Russell Not wanting to be late, I leave my home at 1:40 p.m. and enjoy a relatively quiet ride over to Mr. Bob Johnson’s home on Barton. I check my I-Pod recorder again and ring the doorbell of his town home. A tall, slender gentlemen opens the door and I blurt out, “Hello, ...

On Creativity and Discovery with Dr. Charles Johnson

—by Carrie Brown In the 1920s there was a war going on in Evanston, Illinois. Only it wasn’t the kind involving heavy artillery. It was a battle between milkmen and William Johnson, dubbing himself “Evanston’s First Milkman,” was right in the thick of it. . . .he found his place writing stories and illustrating comics ...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Discrimination and Housing on the North Shore

—By Dino Robinson Throughout the Chicago Suburban North Shore, like most of this country, communities are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and remembering the many accomplishments, messages and influence he has had that continue to this day. Many cities became known as an epicenter for societal changes, influenced by Dr. King’s, and related ...