Friday, October 21, 2016

Alice’s Ordinary People - Film Screening at Russell Library

On Saturday, October 22 at 12:00 noon, Russell Library will host documentary film maker Craig Dudnick as he presents his film which profiles Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement in Chicago. 

Alice’s life story reads like a history of the movement. In 1966, Dr. King came to Chicago. Alice and her husband James Tregay, marched with him, often at great personal risk. It was at this time that Dr. King joined the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the Reverend James Bevel to form Operation Breadbasket. Breadbasket fought racism on many fronts, but its main task was jobs for African Americans, particularly from those businesses drawing profits from the African American community. Under the leadership of Reverend Jackson, the months that Alice and her “ordinary people” spent picketing led to real change. But it was through her Political Education class, that Alice’s had her most significant impact.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

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