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Labor Day Lecture

Sep 1 - 7:00 p.m.
Center for Science & Business - 100

Sponsored By: History Department / Stacy Cordery

Our speaker is historian Dr. Erik Gellman from Roosevelt University.

Dr. Erik Gellman

The title of his talk is"Labor Rights are Civil Rights: Chicagoans' Struggles for Economic Justicein the Late 1960s." It will analyze the activism of working-class African Americans in Chicago as they attempted to dismantle institutionalracism, and how the urban crisis in the 1960s helps us to understand the city's contemporary race and class problems. Dr. Gellman's lecture will cover suchprovocative topics as the Black Power movement, labor strikes and boycotts, the Chicago Red Squad police department, and the city's street gangs. The presentation will include raw news footage from the era, as well as gripping primary documents to provide a feel for the turbulence of the 1960s.

For more on Dr. Gellman, please see his online profile.