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A Few Red Drops - Author Talk & Discussion on The 1919 Chicago Race Riots

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Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

1140 W. Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60607

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Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Presents:

A Few Red Drops - Author Talk & Discussion on The 1919 Chicago Race Riots

A Speaker Series Workshop

Presented by:
Claire Hartfield, Author

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On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating over an invisible line separating the “black” and “white” beaches. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one of them. The police refused to arrest the white perpetrator, and the city erupted in a weeklong bloodbath in which 38 people were killed, over 500 were injured, and many homes were destroyed by arson and bombings. The riots inflicted lasting scars on the city, still visible in the lines of segregation and oppression throughout the city's neighborhoods, and the inequities in schools, employment opportunities, and selective policing.

Join us for an author talk and discussion following. How do we talk about this epic event that most adults are just learning about? And why should we? Can learning more about the long history of race relations in Chicago help young people to better understand where we are today? And how can knowledge about our history encourage our youth to be involved in creating a better future?

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH – Claire Hartfield

Claire Hartfield is the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award winner and LA Times Book Award Finalist for A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 (Clarion 2018)

Hartfield's career has centered on providing underprivileged children with opportunity to achieve their potential through education. After graduating from Yale University and University of Chicago Law School, she oversaw development of school desegregation plans for the cities of Chicago and Rockford, Illinois. More recently, she led a non-profit organization that develops leaders for elementary and secondary education. She is currently Board Chair and a senior consultant for one of Chicago's highest performing charter schools.

One of Claire's greatest pleasures has been raising her own three daughters, Emily, Caroline and Corinne. It was through reading to her girls that she experienced first hand, the ability of books to transform a child's understanding of the world and their place in it. The magical and powerful role of books in the life of children drew her into writing.

Claire is a lifelong resident of Chicago.

Registration starts at 5:45pm

Cost: This event is provided free of charge - but registration is required.

Parking: There is extremely limited parking available in the lots at our West Loop campus. Street parking is also a challenge in the West Loop. We recommend you take public transportation.

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