Black Lives Matter Marchers Call For A Long-Overdue City Recognition Of Jean Baptist Point du Sable

Mike Krauser
July 04, 2020 - 3:00 pm
du Sable truck march

(Mike Krauser/WBBM)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Black Lives Matter movement is seeking to leverage current sentiment to more fully honor Chicago's first settler, Jean Baptist Point Du Sable. 

A small group of marchers took part in a Saturday rally downtown, calling attention to honoring Point du Sable with a street, a monument and a holiday, saying it is long overdue. 
Marchers had a banner reading "Black Heroes Matter" on the front of a pick-up truck hauling a giant bust of Point du Sable, leading the crowd down Michigan Avenue. 
They had a rally at the Michigan Avenue Bridge, near where Dusable set up a trading post in the 1780s. There’s a small du Sable statue there today. 
 “We are calling for something special for the founding father of this great City,” said Ephram Martin, who’s leading the effort. “If he wasn’t a black man, his statue would be here. If he wasn’t a black man there would be a major street with his name. Had he not been a black man, there would be a holiday.”
Alderman David Moore (17th Ward), who also spoke at the march, is pressing the issue for more fully honor du Sable in city council.
“There’s no way we can continue to say Chicago is one of the greatest cities when we cannot recognize the man fully who founded Chicago,” Moore said. 
He noted Mayor Lori Lightfoot is not opposed to the idea to honor du Sable with a monument, street and holiday and said he is optimistic.
du Sable march
“If he wasn’t a black man his statue would be here," said the organizer of the du Sable march downtown Saturday. (Mike Krauser/WBBM)

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