The South Side in ’62
Kevin D. Williamson’s recent cover story about Chicago’s South Side (“Gangsterville,” February 25) made me sad and brought back memories.
I spent the summer of 1962 working at Beacon Neighborhood House, a Presbyterian outreach at 1444 South Ashland Avenue, where I taught nine- and ten-year-old children from the “projects” (not Cabrini-Green), row houses, and apartments.
At age 19 I was one of 13 college students to live cloistered behind locked iron gates at night and teach children from the ghetto during the day. While most of the college kids ran two-week day-camp Bible-school sessions, a colleague and I,