“Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love, baby, love. That’s the secret …” – Louis Armstrong
Louie Armstrong, who would have been 115 today, joined a mass exodus of jazz and blues musicians from the South to Chicago in 1924, a city whose first permanent resident was a black man named Jean Baptiste Point de Sable. Point de Sable built a log cabin at the mouth of the Chicago River in the 1770s where today a striking bronze bust of him stands. The bust is the work of Chicago sculpture Erik Blome.