Kutsche Office sponsors Latino Civil Rights bus tour to Chicago

Jose Jiménez, center, founded the Young Lords in Chicago. This photo is from his 1970s campaign for Chicago alderman. Jiménez and the Kutsche Office of Local History will sponsor a bus tour to Chicago to honor the Latino civil rights movement.
Jose Jiménez, center, founded the Young Lords in Chicago. This photo is from his 1970s campaign for Chicago alderman. Jiménez and the Kutsche Office of Local History will sponsor a bus tour to Chicago to honor the Latino civil rights movement.
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A Grand Valley department is sponsoring a one-day bus trip to Chicago to join others in that city for a memorial service honoring Latino civil rights leaders.

The trip is sponsored by Grand Valley’s Kutsche Office of Local History. Details follow:

-- Leaving September 23, midday, from the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Ave. SW in Grand Rapids; tickets are $50 per person, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Events at the center will begin at 9 a.m.

-- Reserve a seat online at www.gvsu.edu/kutsche/bustour or call (616) 331-8099. Ticket price includes brown-bag lunch, coach service to and from Chicago and entrance to memorial service and reception.

The tour bus will arrive in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, the birthplace of the Young Lords civil rights movement in 1968. September 23 marks the 45th anniversary of the Young Lords founding as a civil and human rights organization. José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez founded the Young Lords movement and documented its history as a student at Grand Valley. He graduated but continues to be involved with Young Lords oral history project that is housed at the university.

A memorial service that evening will honor the Rev. Bruce and Eugenia Johnson, who were murdered in 1969 for their work in supporting Lincoln Park residents who were displaced from their homes in the ’60s.

For more information about the Young Lords visit www.gvsu.edu/younglords or www.nationalyounglords.com. A story was featured in the winter 2013 Grand Valley Magazine: www.gvsu.edu/s/pn.