Architecture of Reparations: Poetry Reading

Architecture of Reparations tells the story and traces the history of displacement of Bronzeville through historical photos, drawings, and planning documents—including photographs by Richard Nickel, poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, and promotional material from the South Side Planning Board.

Join Chima “Naira” Ikoro, Chicago poet and activist, for a reading of select works from Gwendolyn Brooks and newly created poetry in response to Architecture of Reparations.


Chima “Naira” Ikoro is an interdisciplinary writer and first generation Nigerian from the South Side of Chicago. Alongside her friends, Naira co-founder of a mutual aid abolitionist collective called Blck Rising. She is the Community Organizing Editor at South Side Weekly where she created The Exchange, The Weekly’s poetry corner. Naira is also teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors, where she spent many years as a student.

Images: Stern, Henry, Residence, 2915 S. Prairie Ave. Adler & Sullivan (back). Chima “Naira” Ikoro (front).