Chicago’s campuses, as well as the streets were key points of intersection in the black freedom struggle. Fred Hampton, head of the Chicago Black Panthers, spoke regularly at UIC (then Circle Campus) and students were active in efforts to bring free breakfasts and affordable health care to people living in poverty in Chicago.
The Black Revolution on Campus is the definitive account of an extraordinary but forgotten chapter of the black freedom struggle. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, black students organized hundreds of protests that sparked a period of crackdown, negotiation, and reform that profoundly transformed college life. At stake was the very mission of higher education. Join us for a conversation with author and scholar Martha Biondi, who vividly demonstrates the critical linkage between the student movement and changes in university culture. Historian Barbara Ransby will moderate this conversation. Book signing to follow.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.