Friday, February 24, 2017

Film Celebrating Civil Rights Leader to be screened at Russell Library February 28

Harold Washington and Alice Tregay, who worked on his campaign.
On Tuesday, February 28, at 6:30pm, Middletown's NAACP and Russell Library will present a 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 (now called Rainbow PUSH).  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. 

Grady Faulkner will lead a discussion after the film. 

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