The First Rainbow Coalition: Screening and Q&A

The First Rainbow Coalition tells the movement’s little-known story through rare archival footage and interviews with for-mer coalition members in the present-day. In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party, notably led by the charismatic Fred Hampton, began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the working-class young southern whites of the Young Patriots. Finding common ground, these disparate groups banded together in one of the most seg-regated cities in postwar America to collectively confront problems such as police brutality and substandard housing, calling themselves the Rainbow Coalition. Ray Santisteban’s The First Rainbow Coalition took more than a decade to complete and depicts the story of a power-ful movement and the enduring legacy it left behind. Join Santisteban and Tyler School of Art and Architecture faculty member and artist Ricky Yanas for a Q&A session via Zoom.

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This project is supported through the General Activ-ity Fund of Temple University. This event is open to the public with priority registration given to current Temple University students, faculty and staff.