All Spotlights » REGISTRATION OPEN: Latino Civil Rights Tour
DATE: September 23, 2013
PLACE: Chicago (leaving from and returning to Grand Rapids)
On September 23, 2013 there will be a Latino Civil Rights Tour from Grand Rapids to Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, what was one of the city's most significant barrios and the birthplace of the Young Lords Civil and Human Rights Movement which began in the 1960s. The event will begin at the Cook Library Center on Grandville Avenue at 9 a.m.. Buses will leave around mid-day for Chicago where tour members will meet with others and participate in a memorial service honoring Reverend Bruce and Mrs. Eugenia Johnson. The Johnsons were murdered in 1969 for their work to support the residents of Lincoln Park who were then being displaced from their homes. Their murders remain unsolved. A reception will follow, offering participants the chance to meet community activists, leaders, and neighbors who were engaged in this struggle. Buses will return to Grand Rapids that evening.
The Young Lords in Lincoln Park remains one of the most significant chapters in the Latino Civil Rights struggle because it was led by neighborhood youth. The movement engaged residents from all walks of life, becoming a national movement with chapters in cities across the United States. September 23 also marks the 45th anniversary of the Young Lords' founding as a civil and human rights organization.
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis for $50/person. This includes a brown bag lunch, tours of Grand Rapids and Chicago, entrance to the memorial service and reception, and coach service. Space is limited. Please call now or go online to reserve a seat on the bus: www.gvsu.edu/kutsche or (616)331-8099.
This event is being organized by the Kutsche Office of Local History, Grand Valley State University. For more information about the Young Lords in Lincoln Park, see www.gvsu.edu/younglords and www.nationalyounglords.com