Confronting a Violent Past: Red Summer in Chicago

July 20, 2022 to July 21, 2022
Red Summer in Chicago

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Confronting a Violent Past: Red Summer in Chicago

Red summer was part of a nationwide wave of racist violence against African Americans that occurred from April to November of 1919. This watershed event is part of our shared past and informs the city’s identity today.  Join Facing History for an interactive in-person workshop to engage in discussions about Red Summer in Chicago and how to bring the history to high school classrooms. This PD and unit highlights the agency and resistance of African Americans who confronted the racial violence and terror of the Red Summer in Chicago and is centered on the premise that this history is important for students to grapple with the weight of both individual and collective decisions as they imagine the future of Chicago and consider the power of their own choices and actions today.

On July 21, participants will take a trolley tour of historical landmarks related to the history of 1919 with the Chicago Race of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19). 

Over the course of the two days, participants will:

  1. Receive access to a 12 lesson unit, The Red Summer in Chicago 
  2. Engage with the unit’s resources to support students in making connections between history and today

Who should take the course? This unit is intended for implementation in high school US History; educators of Ethnic Studies, African American History, Chicago History, and Contemporary American History are invited to apply.

Date: July 20, 2022 and July 21, 2022, 9:15am-2:30pm

Location: University Center: 525 S. State Street Chicago, IL 60605

Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this online course have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

Up to 12 clock hours (CPDU's) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.

This professional development is scheduled to be in person. Please note that Facing History may transition to virtual delivery based on the COVID-19 Community Levels for Chicago developed by the Chicago Department of Public Health. With low community spread and limited impact on the healthcare system, all attendees and staff will be required to wear a face mask (covers the nose and mouth) in the conference center, common areas and meeting rooms at all times. The University Center does not require proof of vaccination or test results of any kind but if anyone refuses to abide by the mask mandate, they will be required to leave the premises immediately.

For medium or high community spread and/or some impact on the healthcare system, professional development will be shifted to virtual or rescheduled. Our team will reach out to confirm your continued interest in participation. Please expect to hear from us two weeks in advance of the workshop.

University Center
525 S. State Street
60605 Chicago
July 20, 2022 - July 21, 2022
9:15 am - 2:30 pm

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