From an early age, Ashley Nellis recognized the social stratification in Chicago, her hometown.
She had a privileged childhood, growing up in the 1980s in a big house in Lincoln Park, with a blue-chip education at The Latin School, and years of top-flight ballet training.
And yet she was keenly aware of the destitution of those living at Cabrini Green, the vast housing project less than a mile from her home.
"We would drive home from ballet in . . .
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