Kutsche Office of Local History

Latino Civil Rights and Community Exhibit and Tour

Date: Monday, September 23
  • 10am - Opening reception 
  • 10:30am Opening Remarks at Cook Library
  • 11am - 12:30pm Walking Tour of Grandville Ave.
  • 1pm - Bus departs from Cook Library to Chicago*
  • Bus tour of Chicago, evening memorial service and reception 
  • 8pm - Bus departs Chicago for Grand Rapids
Location: Cook Library
1100 Grandville Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI

* The bus tour and Chicago memorial are full and only available to those who pre-registered. All other events are free and open to the public. 
Participants in Grand Rapids and Chicago will honor current and past Latino civil rights leaders at events in both cities on September 23, which marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Young Lords civil and human rights organization.
The Kutsche Office of Local History has partnered with Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities and other organizations to showcase the rich culture of Latinos living in Grand Rapids and Chicago through a photographic exhibition, educational program, and walking tour of Latino neighborhoods.
Events will begin on Monday, September 23, at 10:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids with a welcome from city Mayor George Heartwell and Grand Valley leaders at the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Ave SW.
Heartwell and others will make remarks and then officially launch the opening of a photographic exhibition, “Tengo El Pueblo En Mi Corazón: Latino Civil Rights and Community,” which documents Grand Rapids area Latino leaders. The exhibition is ongoing in the Cook Library Center through October 18.

The tour bus will arrive in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, the birthplace of the Young Lords civil rights movement in 1968. José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez founded the Young Lords movement and documented its history as a student at Grand Valley. He graduated but continues to be involved with Young Lords oral history project that is housed at the university.

A memorial service that evening will honor the Rev. Bruce and Eugenia Johnson, who were murdered in 1969 for their work in supporting Lincoln Park residents who were displaced from their homes in the ’60s.

For more information about the Young Lords visit www.gvsu.edu/younglords or www.nationalyounglords.com. A story was featured in the winter 2013 Grand Valley Magazine: www.gvsu.edu/s/pn.  




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