Chellee Rashad is a change agent in Englewood. A native Chicagoan born and raised in West Englewood, she returned to the city in 2014
after graduating from Howard University. Though Chellee was always passionate about where she grew up, she didn’t truly begin her life’s work in community development until she made the decision to quit her corporate job to focus 100% of her time on restoring her beloved community.
Vora Long Williams, a retired postal worker and lifelong Englewood resident, was tired of seeing the neighborhood she loves littered with
trash so she took it upon herself to make a change.
When asked to pick a word that best characterizes Englewood, Jonathan “PASTAH J” Brooks chooses “resilience.” As senior pastor of Canaan Community Church and Chicago city director for Mission Year, Jonathan encounters resilience in his community on a daily basis and encourages Englewood’s residents to work towards peaceful solutions to their problems.
Tonika Johnson first started photographing Englewood as a creative outlet, a natural way to document the neighborhood she grew up in, works in, and continues to call home. It wasn’t until she started sharing her work with friends that she realized the images she was capturing were in direct opposition to the Englewood being portrayed on the news.
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