February 5, 2019
- CANCELLED: Chicago Race Riot of 1919: Then & Now
- Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
- Location: Stipes 112
- Description: Canceled due to weather. The Western Illinois University-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses will close at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, Feb. 5) due to winter weather (ice) forecasted to affect our region. All classes and events scheduled at both campuses are canceled.
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The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a monumental event that is largely forgotten. When a black boy was killed for swimming in a “white” part of Lake Michigan, it set off 5 days of violence that left 38 dead and 500 wounded. This event significantly contributed to a massive increase in residential segregation that still plagues Chicago. My presentation will discuss this history and an effort to commemorate the centennial via a site-specific public art project.
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- Source: Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center