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Random Hash

Hard to believe that this is the tenth installment of Random Hash! February is moving right along, so let’s make this post a Black History Month batch of hash. Third and Long: History of African-Americans in Pro Football Readers of this site know by now how frustrated I get at how disregarded Duke Slater often is today. Slater’s place as an African-American sports pioneer is constantly downplayed or overlooked, which is maddening to me. In a recent post, I reviewed the African-American trailblazers of professional football – specifically the 13 African-Americans who played in the NFL before World War II….

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Chicago Honorary Street Names

As I mentioned earlier, I believe that everything Duke Slater accomplished in his lifetime in the city of Chicago warrants an honorary street named after him in that town.  When you look at Chicago honorary street names, it’s interesting to see the diverse and unique personalities that have had this honor bestowed on them – from the famous to the honorable to the absurd. I’ve put together a list of 100 of the most interesting people and entities that have Chicago honorary streets named after them.  This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but here are some of the people with honorary…

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Duke Slater Drive

(This is part of a special series on getting “Justice for the Judge.”) There are thousands of Chicago honorary street names…so why not Duke Slater Drive? Chicago Honorary Street Names In 1984, the city of Chicago passed an interesting bill called the Honorary Street Name Ordinance. This bill instituted an unusual system for recognizing prominent Chicagoans with honorary street names. These honorary streets acknowledge Chicago natives who have had a significant impact on the world around them. Naming a city block after someone doesn’t actually change the street name – which prevents confusion for mail deliverers and others navigating their way…

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