Freedom Now: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Chicago (Second Session) | Newberry

Freedom Now: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Chicago (Second Session)

Friday, February 8, 2019

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Most Americans think of the civil rights movement as a southern phenomenon, aimed at toppling the legal system of segregation that stripped African Americans of the rights the Constitution guaranteed them. But the movement also swept through the north, where it confronted a set of racial practices every bit as devastating as the South’s. This seminar will examine the history of that movement in Chicago over much of the twentieth century. We will explore the long, bitter struggle over neighborhood segregation, from the South Side to Cicero; trace the movement’s campaigns to integrate schools and workplaces; and examine its relationship with the city’s tangled politics as it tried to transform what was - and is - one of the nation’s most segregated cities.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.