May 19, 2018

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Bob Black

Photographer: Martin Luther King Jr. 68' and Now

Black started his career as a professional photographer in 1965, working at the Chicago Defender as a staff photographer. By the time Black joined the Chicago Defender, it has already established itself as the largest African-American- owned newspaper in the nation, and has been fighting for full equality for African Americans since its inception in 1905. In 1968, Black left the Chicago Defender for the Chicago Sun-Times where he remains today as a photographer. 


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Bob Lawson

Labor Organizer - Remembering Paul Booth

Lawson is Director of Special Project at In the Public Interest Organization. He is a long time community, labor, and electoral organizer. He has served as the North-Northwest Side Project Coordinator for Harold Washington's campaign for Major, the state Field Director for the California Democractice Party and the Chief of Staff for Berkley, CA. Mayor Loni Hancock. His union careers includes the United Farmworkers, AFSCME, SEIU, and the, AFL-CIO.


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Chicago based Brass Band

The Lowdown Brass Band (LDB) breaks the barrier between audience and performer with their live show, which features dynamic vocalists, hip-hop MCs, and body movement that gets any wallflower up and on their feet. The Lowdown Brass Band has performed at some of the premier venues and festivals in Chicago, throughout the United States, and across the globe, including: The Metro, Double Door, Lincoln Hall, Schuba's, House of Blues, Cubby Bear, The Promontory, Hideout, Andyʼs Jazz Club, Cliff Bell's, Taste of Chicago, Wakarusa, Meijer Gardens, and the Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival