The Global Sixties: Social Movements for Civil Rights, Decolonization, & Human Rights

04/04/2019 04:30 PM - 04/07/2019 05:00 PM CST


  • $100.00  -  'Early Bird' Four Day Registration
  • $125.00  -  Same-Day Four Day Registration at the Door
  • $25.00  -  Student & Low Income: Four Day Registration
  • $250.00  -  Changemaker Sponsor
  • $1,000.00  -  Venceremos Sponsor
  • $5,000.00  -  Harambe Sponsor
  • $10,000.00  -  Amandla Sponsor
  • $20,000.00  -  Uhuru Sponsor
  • $30,000.00  -  Sankofa Sponsor


The Westin River North
320 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
United States of America (the)
Room Number: The Grand Ballroom


“None of Us are Free Until All of us are Free” (Fannie Lou Hamer, 1917- 1977)

Confirmed Speakers: 

Diane Nash 

Dr. Robyn Spencer

Dr. Charles M. Payne

Prexy Nesbitt

Dr. James Garrett

Dr. Brenda Gayle Plummer

Mia Henry

Catherine Murphy

Dr. Rose Brewer

Dr. Leslie McLemore

Ambassador Robert Van Lierop, J.D. 

Dr. Leslie McLemore

Brenetta Howell Barrett

Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge

Timuel Black*


Musical Guests: 

Billy Branch

SNCC Freedom Singers

Mark Durham, featuring Yadina

Ayinde Cartman

Chris Thomas and Kummbalynx

       *Yet  to confirm

It is not necessary to list the horrors that people around the world are living through today as old empires try to hold onto power and new ones try to assert theirs. The question is, “what is to be done,” “how do we do it and where can we find inspiration for the task?” We are living in a world where there are continuous attempts to divide and isolate peoples, diminish their power and separate local and global issues, as if immigration could be solved without “racial” justice, nuclear war could be initiated without destroying the environment or real equality could be achieved without an equitable distribution of wealth.
The quotes from Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker could not be any truer if they were just being said today. Of the many wisdoms imparted by these two extraordinary women, one was the importance of understanding and fighting for justice for all people. For them all members of the human family were equals.  For Mrs. Hamer and Ms. Baker all pain and suffering were unjustified and struggle was not complete until there was justice for all. They understood, as Dr. King said that “we were all caught up in a single garment of destiny.”
The Chicago SNCC History project was formed to preserve the history of the Civil Rights Movement and SNCC in particular for younger generations engaged in creating a more just world. As part of this work, the conference, “The Global Sixties: Social Movements for Civil Rights, Decolonization, Human Rights,” is being planned in the context of four important lessons learned from SNCC: the importance of intergenerational dialogue and work, a belief in grass roots organizing, participatory democracy and the connections between local and global issues.

This conference will examine the impact and relationship of the Civil Rights Movement to movements for social justice around the world in the tumultuous 1960’s. We believe and hope that those histories and strategies can provide a basis for collaboration with today’s movements for social justice that illustrate the power of the people to make change, and that in combination with one another, we can continue the unfinished work of the 1960’s. Just as with our previous intergenerational conferences, participants  will have the opportunity to view films, study the music and culture of the period, participate in an intergenerational forum with veterans of the movements of the 60s and with young people most involved in agenda setting and social change today in the United States and around the world. 

Tentative Agenda:

Tenative Agenda: 
Thursday, April 4th
4:00 PM Registration open
4:30 - 5:45 PM Reception
6:00 - 7:30 PM Opening Program:
  Ayinde Cartman Drum Ceremony
  In Memoriam: King Assassination, Mildred Forman Page, Clarice Durham
  SNCC Freedom Singers, Musical Tribute
  Welcome Address: Diane Nash
  Keynote Address: Ambassador Robert F. Van Lierop
  Chris Thomas (Kuumba Lynx) Performance
7:30 PM Close - Invitation to Tomorrow

Friday, April 5th

8:00 AM Registration open
8:00 - 9:00 AM Coffee and Rolls
9:15 - 11:00 AM Session I
Voices from Mississippi
  Film "Freedom Song"
  Breda Travis
Dr. Leslie McLemore
Aviva Futorian
Dr. Charles Payne
  SNCC Freedom Singers
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Discussion Groups for Session I
12:30 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 PM Session II
Building International solidarity: South Africa
  Film "Have You Heard from Johannesburg"
Prexy Nesbitt
Dr. Brenda Plummer
Rev. Monica Faith Stewart
Hon. Dr. Alice Palmer
3:00 - 4:00 PM Discussion Groups for Session II
4:15 - 5:30 PM Panel Discussion
Building International Solidarity: Palestine
  Dr. Camile Odeh, prof. at Chicago State University and Chicago activist, coalition builder and Grass-roots organizer.
Kristian Davis Bailey, Co-Founder of Blacks for Palestine
Dr. James Garrett, J.D.
6:00 - 8:00 PM Film: "Lubumba" and Pizza
Saturday, April 6th
8:00 - 9:00 AM Coffee and Rolls
  Mark Durham, featuring Yadina
9:15 -11:00 AM Session I
  Mia Henry, founder and former director of Chicago Freedom School.
Catherine Murphy, Filmmaker of "Maestra", new film on Mississippi Freedom Schools
Laura Ramirez, director of Chicago Freedom School
Tomas Fernandez Robaina, Jose Marti National Library, Cuba
Dr. Gisela Arandia, Prof. at University of Havana, Cuba
Dr. Rosemari Mealy, J.D., Author of "Fidel and Malcolm: Memories of a Meeting"
Dr. William F. Santiago Valles, Prof. Ermeritus, Western Michigan University, Adjunct Prof. at University of Michigan, Prof. at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Discussion Groups for Session I
12:30 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 PM Session II
Student Organizing: Film "Agents of Change"
Dr. Rose Brewer
Dr. James Garrett
Dr. Robyn Spencer
Campus Student Groups: Benedictine University, UIC, Malcolm X, Northwestern, Harold Washington.
3:00 - 4:00 PM Discussion Groups for Session II
4:15 - 5:10 PM Panel: The Future, Where Do We Go from Here?
Darius Lightfoot, F.L.Y
Christopher Thomas, Kummbalynx
Assata's Daughters
We Charge Genocide
5:30 - 6:30 PM Billy Branch Performance
Billy Branch, Blues educator and musician, Chicago's own three-time Grammy Nominated artist
Sunday, April 7th
9:30 - 11:00 AM Brunch and Business Meeting
African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago | Afro-American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison | Benedictine University |Chicago Freedom School | Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at University of Chicago | Crossroads Fund | Dominican University | Fearless Leading by the Youth (F.L.Y.) | Freedom Lifted | Great Cities Institute at University of Illinois at Chicago | Illinois Humanities Council | Making The Road Tours to Africa | Office of Special Programs at University of Chicago | OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership | Representative LaShawn K. Ford | St. Pius V Parish |The Literacy Project | The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica | Third Unitarian Church of Chicago | Vivian G. Harsh Society | Wisconsin Historical Society
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In the past, we kept our registration fees minimal in order for the conference to be affordable for young people, low-income workers and those of the third age. If you believe in the work we do, please donate online, or send a check made out to 60-65 Inc. at 1448 East 52nd Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60615. Your contribution will pay the registration fee for youths, third age or low -income people. Unless you indicate otherwise, your contribution will be listed in the program book.
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A luta continua, Chicago SNCC History Project


“We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest” (Ella Baker, 1903-1986)