Our Story

Chicago's West Side

A divided city can be restored.

Oak Park

69% White / 22% Black


84% Black / 4% White
On the west side of Chicago, two historic neighborhoods sit side by side. They are divided by the city limit of Chicago. The Austin neighborhood dates to 1870 with an early “L” train transforming it to  vibrant 1920s community, while adjacent Oak Park was made famous by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. But today, under the difficult race history of the city, Austin is known as a black neighborhood, Oak Park is known as white, and dividing Austin Blvd. marks an invisible line between.
Data Visualization - White and African American Populations

Yet the church of Jesus Christ is on both sides of the line.

Pastor Michael Wright & Pastor William Beasley

An Unlikely Partnership

On a Sunday Afternoon, William felt an unexpected urge from God to stand up in the middle of his lunch and go see what was happening across his street.

Find out what happened next:

The Walk Across the Street Story

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Bring Walk Across the Street to Your Church

Invite Michael Wright to speak

Your church can invite Michael Wright to speak on the relationship between the black and white church in Chicago.

Invite the Walk Across the Street Choir

Your church can request the Walk Across the Street choir, or individuals can volunteer to join the choir.

To get in touch, send us a note using the form below.


Grow a Movement

You can help.

Walk Across the Street is the response to a moment. Christians more than ever are seeing the need for gospel reconciliation. Many will walk across the street with us. Yet resources are needed. We can’t do this without you. Be part of the movement.

Three options to give:

Michael Wright

Pastor Wright

Recurring support for the special ministry of Pastor Wright

Betsy Gleinser

Coordinator Betsy Gleinser

Recurring support for the ministry of coordinator Betsy Gleinser

Larry Landfair

Walk Across the Street Fund

Special Gifts for Walk Across the Street Gospel Choir led by Bro. Larry Landfair and Walk Across the Street ministries across the city of Chicago