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Civic Engagement and Civil Rights in Chicago


Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Civic Engagement and Civil Rights in Chicago

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Participants in the Civic Engagement and Civil Rights in Chicago workshop will:

1) examine various measures of civic engagement (civic, electoral, and political voice) through case studies specific to Chicago history, including Martin Luther King's visit to Chicago in 1966, the Chicago chapter of the Black Panthers, and the campaign to elect Harold Washington mayor of Chicago. 

2) collectively define and differentiate between community service, civic engagement and movement-building

3) create an aspirational profile of a civically-engaged person.
The class will feature interactive activities, lively discussion, and documentary film footage of the case studies.  Participants can expect to learn about the history of civil rights in Chicago and gain new perspectives on tools we can use to create a more just and equitable society.  Ideal participants include educators, young people, scholars, activists, and anyone interested in understanding civic engagement through historical lens.  

A light dinner is included in the cost of the class.

Mia Henry is an educator and activist with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, youth development, intergenerational community organizing, and civic and history education.  Currently, she is the Director of Special Initiatives of Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity (SPACEs).  She is also the owner and operator of Freedom Lifted, a company dedicated to providing civil rights tours for people of all ages.   


Mia was the founding director of the Chicago Freedom School, a nonprofit organization that supports youth-led social change.  Mia’s previous posts include working as the Associate Director of the Mikva Challenge, a Program Associate for Facing History and Ourselves.


In addition to city-wide and national social justice work, Mia is the founder of Reclaiming South Shore for All, a diverse, grassroots group of residents committed to mobilizing the South Shore community by institutionalizing systems that promote peace, youth leadership, and political accountability. 


Mia is deeply passionate about social movement history, positive youth development, and civic engagement through an anti-oppression lens.  Her projects and priorities are rooted in these three areas.  She has been an education and youth development consultant to the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Schools, the University of Chicago Hospital, and the University of Chicago Oriental Institute.  Mia serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Justice for Youth Institute and the Worker’s Center for Racial Justice.  

Mia earned her B.S. from Rutgers University and her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. 


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Have questions about Civic Engagement and Civil Rights in Chicago? Contact CivicLab

When & Where

114 N Aberdeen St
Chicago, IL 60607

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

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CivicLab was a space in the West Loop of Chicago dedicated to co-working, collaboration, tool building and education to accelerate civic engagement and community improvement efforts. We were at 114 N. Aberdeen Street. info@civiclab.us. We operated from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.

The URL for our EventBrite page = http://civiclab.eventbrite.com.

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