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Young Lords 50th Anniversary Conference

The Center For Latino Research @ DePaul University ( and The Young Lords

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Young Lords 50th Anniversary Conference
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Friday, September 21st / McGrath Arena / 2323 N. Sheffield Avenue / Chicago, IL 60614
McGrath Arena, 2323 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
Sep 14, 2018 Free  
Saturday, September 22nd / Schmitt Academic Center / 2320 N. Kenmore/ Chicago, IL 60614
Schmitt Academic Center 2320 N. Kenmore Chicago, IL 60614
Sep 14, 2018 Free  
Sunday, September 23rd / The Theatre School Main Lobby / 2350 N. Racine Avenue, 1st Floor / Chicago, IL 60614
The Theatre School Main Lobby, 2350 N. Racine Ave, 1st Floor Chicago, IL 60614
Sep 14, 2018 Free  

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This three-day event will celebrate the founding of the Young Lords Organization in the city of Chicago in the summer of 1968. The Young Lords became the entryway into the US Civil Rights Movement for a generation of Puerto Ricans on the US mainland. The organization would become integral to a national and transnational movement, and a gateway to political consciousness around Puerto Rican self-determination. Participants are urged to register for each day they wish to attend. On-site registration will be limited and first-come, first serve based on space restrictions.

Friday, September 21st

On Friday, the program begins with a historical keynote conversation between José “Cha Cha” Jimenez, founder and president of the Young Lords, and Óscar López Rivera, a former political prisoner and founder of the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago. This unprecedented public dialogue, moderated by DePaul University professor Jacqueline Lazú, brings together two of the leading figures in the history of activism in the Puerto Rican Diaspora emerging from the late 1960s, early 1970s.  A small reception will precede the keynote event.

Saturday, September 22nd 

On Saturday, DePaul University will host a day-long symposium of panel discussions, cultural programs, and tours designed to explore the history and lasting legacy of the Young Lords in the city of Chicago and beyond. Panels will explore issues of housing policies and practices, youth activism, arts and culture, police violence, among other themes. The weekend will also help unveil a number of exhibitions, including a feature of the Young Lords papers and archival materials housed at DePaul University’s John T. Richardson Library Special Collections Department. Registration includes a boxed lunch and hors d'oeuvres reception following the days' events.

Sunday, September 23rd

On Sunday,  the community will gather in a town hall to celebrate El Grito de Lares, the 150th commemoration of the Lares Rebellion of 1868. Led by Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, the insurrection aimed to liberate Puerto Rico from Spanish colonial rule and proclaim the new Republic of Puerto Rico. The movement was short lived and many of its leaders were put to death, but the day is still celebrated by Puerto Ricans as a symbol of unyielding resistance to its ongoing colonial conditions, now under the US government. The Young Lords strategically chose the 100th anniversary of El Grito in 1968 to declare their own intentions to move away from their identification as a youth gang to a political organization that would similarly aim to fight the injustices faced by Puerto Ricans, poor and working-class people in Chicago and throughout the world. This event will feature an awards ceremony for the movements’ founders as well as a cultural program featuring a keynote address about El Grito, as well as a Bomba workshop, music, poetry and theater. Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch service.

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DePaul University
Lincoln Park Campus
Chicago, IL 60614

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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The Center For Latino Research @ DePaul University ( and The Young Lords

The Center for Latino Research, in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at DePaul University, is a space dedicated to the enrichment of knowledge and understanding by and about Latinx and Latin American experiences.

The Young Lords, a former Chicago turf gang turned political organization in 1968, built grassroots movement for Puerto Rican self-determination and empowerment for people of color and poor and working class people througout US cities and internationally.

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