Elaine Bowen’s Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

| September 9, 2014

FilmMonthly contributor Elaine Hegwood Bowen has written her first book called Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago. The book is a retrospective about her parents coming to Chicago from Shaw, Mississippi, in the early 1950s and then buying a home in Chicago in the Englewood community in 1959. Elaine was prompted to write this collection of coming-of-age essays, because she feels that for too long Englewood has been getting bad media coverage—she wanted to show a “different” Englewood when working- middle-class families were the norm and fathers made sure that their children had guidance and were, as well, instructed in social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the Englewood neighborhood was akin to many urban areas throughout the nation, such as those in Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others. But now these areas are beset by black-on-black violence and drug activity. Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago illustrates how life once was in Englewood and shares the story of a family, which included five children, who lived the American dream, where families today are living under siege. The author shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood and grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural happenings of the time, discussing such issues as the Great Migration, the origins of the Black press, Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, among others.

Elaine earned undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees from Roosevelt University and is a veteran journalist who has covered both Chicago’s urban and suburban communities. She has been writing for filmmonthly.com since 2008.

To purchase Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago, in paperback form or for eBook download, and for more information, visit http://www.lulu.com/shop/elaine-hegwood-bowen/old-school-adventures-from-englewoodsouth-side-of-chicago/paperback/product-21756942.html?ppn=1 or barnesandnoble or amazon or email the author at editor91210@yahoo.com.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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