2014 Freedom Summer Events

Opening Night of Freedom Dreams Freedom Now!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Student Center West (SCW) at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 828 S. Wolcott Street, Chicago

6:00 – 8:00 pm. Keynote with Julian Bond, co-founder of SNCC, first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and former board chair of the NAACP.

Conversation with Freedom Summer Participants & SNCC veterans.

8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Film Screening, Chicago premiere of PBS documentary, “Freedom Summer,” by award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson  (112 min)





Freedom Schools, Freedom Dreams

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6-8pm
2710 W. Cermak Rd, Chicago

Freedom Schools offered a creative alternative to Southern underfunded, segregated schools during the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Schools embraced a radical pedagogy and philosophy that emphasized self-knowledge, applied knowledge and critical thinking: the classroom became a site for teaching and learning freedom. Today, poor and communities of color are deeply immersed in struggles for access to quality education.

Join us to explore the legacy of Freedom Schools and for an honest conversation with teachers, students, parents, and activists about the state of neighborhood schools in Chicago, the push to privatize, and the ongoing struggles in public education.

Featured Speakers:

Malcolm London, Teaching Artist, Young Chicago Authors
Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator, Chicago Teachers Union
David Stovall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African American Studies, UIC
Reyna Wences, member, Immigrant Youth Justice League and Organized Communities Against Deportation
Prudence Browne, Managing Editor, SOULS, moderator

and more….

Co-sponsored by UIC Social Justice Initiative and WBEZ

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Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6-8 pm,

Arts Incubator 301 E. Garfield

Featured Speakers Include:

Barbara Ransby
Mia Henry






Great Cities, Great Schools: Education and Civil Rights in the 21st Century

By: Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions and the factors that obstruct and promote student achievement. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at NYU. Dr. Noguera is also the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Monday March 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Room 302, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted
University of Illinois at Chicago

Event Co-Sponsored by UIC Social Justice Initiative, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Great Cities Institute, and the UIC College of Education


OgletreeLooking Back to Freedom Summer: Reflections on Race, Politics, & Civil Rights Activism

By: Charles Ogletree

The Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice

Wednesday March 12, 2014 3pm
Room 302, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted
University of Illinois at Chicago

Event Co-Sponsored by UIC Social Justice Initiative and UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

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The Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will host this 3 day conference in partnership with other UIC units and community-based organizations.

At this gathering, we will facilitate intergenerational discussions between artists, activists, and scholars from Chicago, from around the country and in key sites around the globe.

May 28-May 30, 2014
Student Center West, 828 S Wolcott Chicago, IL 60607