Apr 8th 2016

Uptown walking tour, Growler in concert, and Time of the Phoenix release
April 8, 2016, 4-9PM
Tour will meet at 4PM at the front entrance of Target, 4466 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Join us for a walking tour of the Uptown neighborhood with Young Patriots Organizer Hy Thurman and special guests, followed by a bluegrass concert with Growler. Sam Gould’s Wooden Leg Print + Press will release reproductions of the original “Time of the Phoenix” poetry chapbooks published in the 1970s by Young Patriots Organization, Doug Youngblood and Columbia College Press. Drinks and concert will be at Carol’s Pub, 4659 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60640 (must be 21 with a valid ID)

This event is a part of Organize Your Own: the Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, on view at the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery March 3-April 9, 2016. This exhibition features new work by contemporary artists and poets responding to archival materials related to the history of white people organizing their own working-class white neighborhoods in Philadelphia (the October 4th Organization) and Chicago (the Young Patriots Organization) in keeping with the mandate from the Black Power movement to “organize your own” community against racism.

Hy Thurman is originally from Tennessee and now resides in Alabama. A southern migrant, he settled in Chicago`s Uptown community, a predominantly southern white community, in the 1960`s at the age of 17. He became a community organizer and co founder of the Young Patriots Organization, a group of displaced southern white youth, and created services in healthcare, breakfast for children programs and fought urban renewal plans to destroy the homes of the southern white residents. He was also co founder of an interracial coalition called the Original Rainbow Coalition made up of the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican gang turned political and the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party to fight for self determination of the people in their communities. He received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 1973. He is presently working to reboot the Young Patriots and make their forgotten history available to everyone. youngpatriots-rainbowcoalition.org

Wooden Leg Print & Press (WLPP) is the on-going imprint for all publications produced or edited by the experimental publication platform Red76. In December of 2015 Red76 opened a multi-year initiative, Beyond Repair, a book shop and publishing site for WLPP publications to serve as a “creative civics lab” for the 9th Ward of Minneapolis, MN. More can be learned about WLPP and Beyond Repair at thisisbeyondrepair.com

For a fuill list of events, visit: https://organizeyourown.wordpress.com/events/

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