Join us for our annual meeting, where we will be celebrating the successes from the past year and planning for the future. Members will be electing Board members, reviewing and changing bylaws, identifying programs, and approving the budget. Additional details are available here.
Featured Speaker: Claire Hartfield
Claire Hartfield lives in Chicago, is an LWV Chicago member and an active participant in the South Side Unit. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her law degree from the University of Chicago. As a lawyer, she has specialized in school desegregation litigation. More recently she has been involved in creating charter-school policy and programs in Chicago's African American West Side.
After hearing stories of the 1919 race riot from her grandmother—who lived in the Black Belt in Chicago at the time—Claire was moved to share that history with younger generations. Her latest book, A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, was just published. It tells the story of a hot July day in 1919, when five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. We are pleased to have her as this year’s Annual Meeting speaker.
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