National (TheRoot)– Forty-four-year-old Cassandra Jackson recently returned home to Chicago from Memphis, Tenn., in hopes of upgrading her quality of life and beating the odds faced by so many single African-American mothers: finding a job.
Jackson, who had worked as a secretary for the state of Tennessee, was barely making ends meet in Memphis. That’s why she packed up her two daughters and went to live with her mother in her childhood home in Englewood, a gritty neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, known to be one of the most dangerous in the nation.
She moved because she needed child care and she wanted her daughters — Emerald, 11, and Jewelia, 10 — to be in the safest hands possible: her mother’s. She needed peace of mind while enduring the stress of pounding the pavement looking for administrative-support jobs.