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The Panthers and Beyond: The Wider Vision of Black Power and Economic Justice in 1960s Chicago

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Erik Gellman presents five myths of late 1960s Chicago history. These myths show how popular memory (and the lack of memory altogether) have prevented students and citizens of Illinois from better understanding our contemporary urban problems around issues like access to jobs, the pipeline from failing schools to prisons, and the use of urban space. By using film footage and images, along with his extensive research on Chicago civil rights activities during this period, Gellman illustrates a much more relevant urban history of the late 1960s. This talk addresses touchstones like the campaign of Martin Luther King, the Democratic Convention of 1968, and the assassination of Fred Hampton as points of departure to understand the context of social change and its repression during this tumultuous era.

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Recorded Monday, February 13, 2012 at Saint Xavier University.

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