Shannon Ran


Like most of you, my sister had a dream.  And that dream entailed a vision of the perfect Black Utopia, called Maywood, Illinois.

But my sister’s dream turned into a nightmare for her sons. 

Having been raised in Maywood back in the early seventies and having attended Proviso East High School back in the day, she never dreamt how much both Maywood and Proviso had changed when she decided to move back from the West Side and buy a house in the early ’90..

The first inkling of how horrific a change had occurred at Proviso came at a ‘Back To School’ family get together where we supplied the boys with their school supplies.  I remember Shannon, then a Sophomore, came into the room where the adults were seated and literally begged his mother not to send him back to Proviso.  Of course, my sister having had a wonderful…

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