Adult Program

Artist Reception:

Meet artist/photographers Artist/photographers Kari Neuliep, Bryan Northup and Jerry Olejniczak who have an exhibit of photographs titled "TRESPASS: Exploring Urban Decay" in the Library Gallery through July. The gallery is open seven days a week during regular library hours.

A reception for the artists will be Sunday, July 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

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Created Equal Panel Discussion: What Did It Take to Integrate Oak Park Schools?

Join Robert Giles, Galen Gockel and Marion Hogenboom to learn how 45 Oak Park citizens came together in the 1970s to create a plan to successfully integrate Oak Park's elementary schools. Giles wrote his EdD dissertation on this plan after attending dozens of school board meetings and citizen committee meetings. Gockel recognized that Oak Park's elementary school district was not prepared for the pending in-migration of African-American children to what was in 1971 an all-white and very conservative town.

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Created Equal Panel Discussion: Why Oak Park Needs a Housing Center in 2014

Join Rob Breymaier, Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, along with Morgan Davis, Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, and former Housing Center Board President Glenn Brewer, to learn the crucial role the Housing Center still plays today in Oak Park.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "The Butler"

Join film historian Doug Deuchler to view and discuss "The Butler." As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents over three decades as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam War and other major events affect this man's life family and American society. Lee Daniels directed a cast which includes Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey, Forest Whitaker and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Freedom Riders"

The Freedom Riders of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. From veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who risked everything to challenge segregation in the Deep South.

This film, the last of four documentaries, is part of the grant-funded "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film screenings, lectures and discussion forums which continues through March 29.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Slavery by Another Name"

Join Erik Gellman, PhD, Roosevelt University to see and discuss this film based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same title by Douglas A. Blackmon. Even as slavery ended in the south after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thsands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II.

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Created Equal Panel: Black and White, Oak Park Love Stories

Meet George and Linda Bailey along with other Oak Park couples who fell in love decades ago and followed their hearts. It wasn't easy in the 1960 to want to marry a person of another race. Hear the stories from people who did that many years ago -- what they faced then, what it was like to raise bi-racial children in Oak Park.

"Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle" is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its "Bridging Cultures" initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Created Equal Documentary Film Series: "The Loving Story"

Join George Bailey, PhD, Columbia College Chicago, to see this moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving. This couple was arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, "Loving vs Virginia"(1967) which overturned anti-miscengenation laws in the U.S.

This film, the second of four documentaries, is part of the grant-funded "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film, panel discussions and author programs which continues through March.

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Created Equal: An Integrated Oak Park? How Did That Happen?

A dedicated group of Oak Park residents passed an Open Housing Ordinance in 1968, created the Oak Park Housing Center in 1972 and banned local realtors from posting "For Sale" signs in the Village. These actions, along with many others, helped create an integrated Oak Park.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "A Raisin in the Sun"

Join film historian Doug Deuchler to view and discuss the 1961 film, "A Raisin in the Sun"(128 minutes) based on Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play. A poor, but proud, African American family seek a better life by moving from their small apartment on Chicago's South Side into an all-white area.

This film, the first of three feature films, is part of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film, panel discussions and author programs which continues through March.

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