The Supreme Court of the United States: Month 2
Milliken v Bradley 1974. School Segregation in Chicago: Dyett Strike!
Closing Reception: June 28, 7pm -10pm: Film: With All Deliberate Speed.
This 2004 documentary examines, via newsreel footage and interviews, the contentious historical events that led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. It also looks at the ways in which many Americans fought to oppose the end of racial segregation, and at integration’s messy aftermath.
In the second month of our shows and discussions about SCOTUS decisions, we look Milliken v Bradley. a forty-five year old decision undermining Brown v Board of Education by reviewing Chicago activists’ fight against the closure of Dyett High School. Even in the middle of a school district, segregation can rear its head. The vigilance of the community members and supporters saved Dyett from closing. It did not however birth the green technology school they demanded.
This show features archived materials including community and student created banners, posters, photos, chains from the leaders’ occupation of Chicago City Hall, chairs used by the strikers during the long hot summer hunger strike and materials from the strike including banners and posters on loan from Journey for Justice Alliance, Images from Ervin Lopez, Phil Cantor, and Alexy Irving
Milliken v. Bradley began in 1970, when the NAACP sued the state of Michigan to desegregate Detroit’s schools. In particular, they wanted a solution that would involve both the city and the suburbs since, by that point, the vast majority of Detroit’s residents were black, and meaningful de-segregation within city limits had become almost impossible.
After hours of testimony on redlining, exclusionary zoning, police-sanctioned violence, and other sordid tales of American housing discrimination, the federal judge on the case, Stephen Roth, agreed with the plaintiffs that government “at all levels” bore responsibility for residential segregation. As a result, Roth concluded, the government could not legitimately enforce the school boundaries that residential segregation was designed to exploit.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/24/youve-probably-never-heard-of-one-of-the-worst-supreme-court-decisions/?utm_term=.f2cd1aabf1f8 ;
SCOTUS ruled next. Find out more at the opening!
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JULY: Graham v Connor 1989. Fighting Police Violence in Chicago with Flint Taylor
AUGUST: Shelby County v Holder 2013. Voter Suppression in the Wake of Shelby County
SEPTEMBER: Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission 2018. Pushback against LGBTQ Rights in the United States.
October- Chip Thomas
November – Corey Hagelberg, woodcuts
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