'The Gallery Gap' Presents: The Rainbow Coalition Panel

Sep 6, 2017

This is the complete audio from the Rainbow Coalition panel held at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art on August 30, 2017. 

(from left) Hy Thurman, Antonio Lopez, Michael James and Stan McKinney discuss the Rainbow Coalition at a panel hosted by the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, moderated by Brian Lovato (right).
Credit Lacy Scarmana

The event was organized by Claire Kovacs as programming to compliment the exhibition Organize Your Own: the Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements on view in the ATMA galleries (August 25 - October 28, 2017).

The Rainbow Coalition was a multi-racial coalition that formed in Chicago in the late 1960s to work against racism, poverty, and oppression. The panel included representatives from groups who comprised the panel: the Illinois Black Panthers Party (Stan McKinney), Rising Up Angry (Michael James), the Young Lords (Antonio Lopez), and the Young Patriots (Hy Thurman), and was moderated by Brian Lovato (Augustana College).

They discussed how the Rainbow Coalition came into existence, the work it accomplished, and its impact and importance on the contemporary moment.

You can learn more about the panel and the exhbit Organzine Your Own in episode 15 of The Gallery Gap.

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