The New Mecca
"Chicago, Illinois is going to be our New Mecca", Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali.
The Holy Prophet told the Moors, "to try to live close together".
Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest
A Little UNKNOWN History...
FROM INDEPENDENCE HALL
TO UNITY HALL IN CHICAGO!
(a Chicago Landmark)
Located at 31st & Indiana
THE PLACE OF THE 1928 CONVENTION
On this website, Asiatic or Moorish American are corrective references to the so-called "Black" people.
THE VICTORY MONUMENT
[a Chicago Landmark]
Located at 35th & King Drive
The Victory Monument
Created by sculptor Leonard Crunelle, was built to honor the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, an African-American [Moorish American] unit that served in France during World War I. It is located in the Metropolis-Bronzeville District in the Douglas community area of Chicago, Illinois. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 9, 1998. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1986. An annual Memorial Day ceremony is held at the monument.
Description and history
The Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art describes the monument:
A white granite shaft topped with a bronze doughboy sculpture. On the monument's shaft are three bronze relief panels depicting life-sized figures. (Victory Panel:) Left full-length profile of a Classically draped African-American female figure representing motherhood. In her hand she holds a branch symbolizing Victory. (Columbia Panel:) Full-length Classically draped female figure with a helmet on her head. In her proper left hand she holds a tablet inscribed with the names of battles in which African-American soldiers fought. (African-American Soldier Panel:) A bare chested African-American soldier of the 370th Infantry, which fought in France, standing with an eagle in left profile in front of him.
In 1927, the State of Illinois erected this monument in the Chicago neighborhood known as "Bronzeville," which was home of the "Fighting Eighth" Regiment of the Illinois National Guard. The names of 137 members of the Eighth Infantry, Illinois National Guard, who lost their lives during World War I, are inscribed on a bronze panel. The Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard was reorganized as the 370th U.S. Infantry of the 93rd Division, and this regiment saw service on WWI major battlefields. It was the last regiment pursuing the retreating German forces in the Aisne-Marne region of France, just before the November 11, 1918 Armistice. The doughboy on top of the shaft was added in 1936.
A Legend of His Own Right
Harold Washington became the first Asiatic
mayor of Chicago in 1983.
MAYOR HAROLD WASHINGTON
As one of the most fierce, but loved, political figures who shook the
grounds of this windy city, Harold Washington kept his promise to
make the place he was born, a better place to live.
Born on April 15, 1922, Harold Washington grew up in Chicago, Illinois
where his father was a police officer and a lawyer and his mother was
a singer. He attended the city's public schools, and left high school
before earning his diploma. In the early 1940s, this respectable leader
went into the military to serve during World War II.
After the war, Harold Washington received his G.E.D. and headed off
straight to college to earn a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt
University in 1949. Washington continued his studies and enrolled in
law school at Northwestern University, completing his law degree in
As a native Chicagoan, Harold Washington’s start in politics was in the Illinois House of Representatives, for the state's 26th District (1965 to 1976). From there, he went on to serve in the Illinois Senate from 1977 to 1980. Furthering his political career, he then became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1981-83), representing Illinois' First (1st) District.
A stealth political figure, Harold Washington had achieved a major goal and became the first Asiatic mayor of Chicago in 1983, where his intelligence, charisma, and in-depth knowledge of politics captivated voters and he won a second term in 1987.
Washington’s struggle wasn't over once he won his 2nd term. In what is termed "council wars," the block of city alderman who seemed to oppose him at nearly every turn, but our Mayor still managed to increase the number of contracts awarded to minority-owned businesses and made city government more transparent to the public.
On a sad day in November (25) in 1987, Chicago and the world felt the loss of a magnanimous figure when Washington died while in office. Known for being a man of the people who genuinely fulfilled his duties as public servant, his legacy will live on forever. In honor of his works and deeds, the Harold Washington Library (below - left), Harold Washington Cultural Center (below - right). Harold Washington College, and many other hidden treasures bear his name! We Thank Him For His Diligent Service!!!
The Regal Theater
1645 E. 79th Street,
Chicago, IL 60649
Located in the heart of Bronzeville on Chicago's south side, was an important night club and music venue built in Chicago in 1928. It was designed by Edward Eichenbaum.
Part of the Balaban and Katz chain, the lavishly decorated venue, with plush carpeting and velvet drapes featured some of the most celebrated black (Asiatic) entertainers in America.
The Regal also featured motion pictures and live stage shows. Check out its Moorish design
740 East 56th Place - Hyde Park
The first permanent settler in Chicago was a black (Asiatic and/or Moorish American) man named Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. He was born on the island of Haiti around 1745 to a French mariner and a mother who was a slave of African descent.
DuSable was educated in France and then, in the early 1770s, sailed to New Orleans. From there, he made his way up the Mississippi River to Peoria, Illinois where he married a Potawatomi woman named Catherine in a tribal ceremony. The couple had two children, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, Jr. and Suzanne. The marriage formally recognized before a Catholic priest in Cahokia, Illinois in 1778.
DuSable settled along the northern bank of the Chicago River near Lake Michigan ca. 1779 and developed a prosperous trading post and farm. His cabin is often depicted a modest structure, but written descriptions of the property suggest that DuSable may have lived more than a modest life.
According to original manuscripts documenting the sale of DuSable’s property, the cabin was spacious, boasting a roomy salon with five rooms off each corner. The property featured a large stone fireplace, bake and smoke houses, stables and huts for employees, along with a fenced garden and orchard. Household furnishings included paintings, mirrors, and walnut furniture.
At his trading post, DuSable served Native Americans, British, and French explorers. He spoke Spanish, French, English, and several Native American dialects, which served him well as an entrepreneur and mediator.
DuSable sold his estate on May 7, 1800 and returned to Peoria, Illinois. He later moved to St. Charles, Missouri, where he died on August 28, 1818.
(an Historic Landmark - just outside of Chicago)
The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Within the 2,200-acre tract, located a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois, lie the archaeological remnants of the central section of the ancient settlement that is today known as Cahokia.
One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250. The Mississippians who lived here were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works that have maintained their grandeur for centuries.
Medinah Temple - a very Moorish design
What was once a Temple is now a Bloomingdales.
600 N. Wabash Avenue in Chicago
Olmecs in Chicago?
Yes! Right under our nose(s) is Olmec Head #8 on the lawn of the Field Museum in Chicago at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Alhambra Palace...in Chicago?
A humble replica, yes, in the style of a restaurant on West Randolph Street; but hardly a comparison to the magnanimity and beauty of the real Moorish Palace in Granada, Spain (below).
In 2010, President Obama and wife Michelle traveled separately as he went to Hikuptah (Egypt), she went to Alhambra in Granada, Spain (The last stronghold of the Moors). Immediately upon the President's return to the United States, he signed The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples where it states at Article 6: Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality! (emphasis added).
Alhambra is situated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, Granada, where the Moors ruled Spain from the 8th to 15th century. The Moors' influences on Spain are reflected in much of the country’s culture and architecture today. Though centuries have passed, these influences still exist in the everyday life of Grenadines.
Lastly...Even certain Hotels had Moorish appeal!
The Brevoort Hotel Buffet Room