Montgomery Place Resident Uses Art, Journaling to Retain and Share Inspirational Reflections
Montgomery Place resident Bill Gnatz uses art and journaling as inspirational memory aids. His works are on display in the art gallery at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive.
In the 1960s, Montgomery Place resident Bill Gnatz saw the transformation of Woodrow Wilson Junior College from a school enrolling mostly Caucasian students to Kennedy-King College, now serving students of all races. During the civil rights era, he became instrumental in transforming the curriculum to include African-American history as well as other social science courses focusing on African-American issues.
He also marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., here in Chicago and in, Selma, Ala. “It was a very exciting time,” said Gnatz, who retired from a 30-year career as an assistant professor for City Colleges of Chicago. He also taught in Ghana for one year.