Past Event

Resistance & Social Movements: The Ongoing Fight for Freedom

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made by email or phone at 312.422.5580.

Join the Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council and The DuSable Museum of African American History for an insightful journey through one of our nation’s most turbulent, fierce, and inspirational periods in history. Our program will begin with tours of the nationally-acclaimed exhibition, 381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story, which chronicles the hardship and courage of thousands of African-Americans who successfully challenged a segregated bus system to open its doors to equality.

After touring the exhibit, Dr. Manning Marable, one of America’s most influential and widely-read scholars, will explore the history of the civil rights era and its lessons for current movements struggling for equality. Marable is a Professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, and History at Columbia University in New York City. Most recently, he wrote Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America’s Racial Future. Marable authors a political commentary series, Along the Color Line, and is the creator of the Malcolm X Biography Project. For more information on Marable, view his biography at

Following the presentation, attendees will participate in small, facilitated discussions to share reflections on the exhibition and presentation and will explore the history and future of social justice organizing.

Co-sponsorsfor this event include: The DuSable Museum of African American History; African and Black Diaspora Studies-DePaul University; Mansfield Institute for Social Justice-Roosevelt University; Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture-University of Chicago; Urban Studies Program-Associated Colleges of the Midwest; Center for African American History-Northwestern University; and the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media-Columbia College.

For more information, please contact Kristin Millikan at 312.422.5580.