11:33 am - Wednesday December 13, 2017

Latino Civil Rights Tour

Join us on September 23, 2013 for 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 tour 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.
Date: Monday, September 23
  • 9am – Opening Remarks at Cook Library
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Walking Tour of Grandville Ave.
  • Mid-Day – Bus departs from Cook Library to Chicago (brown bag lunch and beverages provided)
  • Bus tour of Chicago, evening memorial service and reception with light appetizers and beverages
  • 8pm – Bus departs Chicago for Grand Rapids
Location: Cook Library
1100 Grandville Ave. SW

Grand Rapids, MI
Cost for Bus Tour:                     $50 per person
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis for $50 per 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. To purchase tickets, please click the link below.
For more information about the Young Lords in Lincoln Park, visit http://www.gvsu.edu/younglords/ and http://nationalyounglords.com/



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