Harold Washington: His Legacy, Our Future
A Two-Day Symposium on the State of Race and Politics Today
DATE: Friday, October 24, 2003
TIME: 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago
This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Historical Society
Day one of the symposium, October 24, will feature a roundtable discussion on the changing state of race and politics since the election of Harold Washington. The event will take place at the Chicago Historical Society beginning with a reception (with music from Erwin Helfer) and viewing of the exhibition “Harold Washington: The Man and the Movement” from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion on the state of race and politics in Chicago and nationally from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Roundtable participants include Congressman John Conyers, long-time Harold Washington supporter, activist in Congress on civil rights issues, and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus; Akiba Solomon, editor-at-large for The Source and contributing writer to ColorLines and Bet.com; Leon Dash, award-winning journalist and author of Rosa Lee. Dash won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism (with Lucian Perkins) while at the Washington Post; Jeff Epton, son of Bernard Epton, who ran against Harold Washington in 1983, publisher of In These Times, a national, bi-weekly progressive magazine, and Executive Director, Illinois Death Penalty Moratorium Project, 2000-2001; and María de los Angeles Torres, associate professor of political science and the Latino/Latin American Studies Program at DePaul University, and former Executive Director of the Commission on Latino Affairs under Harold Washington.
DATE: Saturday, October 25, 2003
LOCATION: International House: 1414 E. 59th Street, Assembly Hall, 1st Flr.
This event is co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program
Day two of the symposium, October 25, will focus on race and politics in Chicago. Four hour-long roundtable discussions will take up the following topics: “Movement Politics and the Role of Grassroots Organizations,” “Multiracial Organizing: Past Experiences, Future Possibilities,” “Race, Politics, and Youth Organizing,” and “Race, Politics, and Power in Chicago.”
Roundtable participants include: Richard Barnett, Timuel Black, Jim Capraro, Senator Jackie Collins, TJ Crawford, John Donahue, Jesus (Chuy) Garcia, Sharon Gilliam, Yvonne Lau, Rudi Lozano Jr., Alderman Rick Munoz, Rami Nashishibi, Prexy Nesbitt, Barbara Ransby, Rebecca Sive, Robert Starks, Art Turner, and Laura Washington.
For additional information contact the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at 773-702-8063 or email@example.com. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Chicago Historical Society at 312-642-4600 or the Office of Programs and Special Events at International House at 773-753-2274.