Past Event

The Art of Political Dissent: Black/Brown Unity Challenging White Supremacy

Now’s your chance to check out the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum’s amazing exhibition that has received rave reviews all over town: The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present. After touring the exhibit, with background provided by the museum’s docents, hear a presentation by Salim Muwakkil in which he will discuss African American and Latino relations. Following the presentation, attendees will participate in small, facilitated discussions to share their reflections on the exhibition and presentation and explore ways to build community across difference.

These conversations will be opened by members of various Chicago youth organizations working throughout the city to create coalitions that challenge racial, cultural, and gender oppression.

Salim Muwakkil, Senior Editor at In These Times, will discuss his recently published article in The Nation, “A Shared Vision,” where he examines the current impact and history of social and economic inequality for Latino and African-American communities in relationship to immigration, slavery, labor, racism, and xenophobia. He will expand on how the ideology of white supremacy has shaped our society and currently impacts trust across racial lines and efforts to build solidarity within social justice movements.

More about our presenter…

Salim Muwakkil is also an op-ed columnist for The Chicago Tribune, senior editor at In These Times and a frequent contributor to The Nation. He is currently a Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute, examining the impact of ex-inmates and gang leaders in leadership positions in the black community.

Café Society, a project of the Public Square at the IHC, is designed to foster a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy, and a more informed and engaged citizenry through weekly coffee shop conversations about contemporary social issues. Current media reports (along with ample doses of caffeine) serve as stimulants for the conversations.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Reservations are recommended to ensure admission and can be made on-line, by calling 312.422.5580, or emailing

For more information call the The Public Square at the IHC at 312.422.5580.