1131 E 57th St
From Birmingham to Barack: The Politics & Progress of the Civil Rights Movement, 1963 to 2013
University of Chicago Institute of Politics
Monday, October 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)
In the long march of the civil rights movement, few years were as pivotal as 1963—and few actions were as key as the series of protests that year in Birmingham, Alabama. Led by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), African Americans staged a series of non-violent protests and sit-ins during the spring and summer of 1963 which drew national attention to the civil rights movement and brought the city to a grinding halt. The defiant racism and use of force by Birmingham leadership, under the direction of police chief Bull Connor, galvanized national support for the movement and burnished the reputation of the SCLC and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham campaign—and the March on Washington—a panel of the nation’s most respected civil rights leaders and historians will gather to provide an inside look at the people, politics and principles that shaped that year. We’ll go inside Birmingham to under stand the forces that shaped the outrage—and the stand offs—in Birmingham. We’ll explore the impact on the civil rights movement nationally, and we’ll examine the legacy of the civil rights movement today.
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1131 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637
This event is free and open to UChicago students, faculty, staff and the public. If you cannot attend, please cancel your ticket order on Eventbrite so others may register. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. After 5:45 p.m., if you have not arrived, your seat will be given to a guest waiting on standby on a first-come, first-served basis.