Submitted by Treesong on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 10:47am.
Student and community activists are organizing a two-night event called "A People's History of SIU." The first night, "The 1970s Student Rebellion," will be on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 pm at Lawson Room 171 on the SIUC campus. The second night, "Black Power in Southern Illinois," will be on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm at Lawson Room 171 on the SIUC campus.
Forty years ago, Southern Illinois University erupted in protests and a rebellion that shut down the campus. Students were protesting the war in Vietnam, against poverty and racism and for university reform. At the same time, students and community members were actively involved in the civil rights and Black Power movements.