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The First Rainbow Coalition | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up First Rainbow Coalition
Indie Lens Pop-Up

7pm THU. DEC. 12 at WKAR | The new film charts the legacy of a groundbreaking multiethnic alliance that changed the face of 1960s politics. Join the conversation!

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and WKAR Public Media, presents The First Rainbow Coalition, which tells the story of a 1960s movement in Chicago that brought together a trailblazing alliance of community groups to confront social issues. 

  • WHAT: FREE preview screening of The First Rainbow Coalition
  • WHEN: Thu. Dec. 12, 2019 at 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: WKAR on the Michigan State Campus

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latinx Young Lords Organization and the southern Whites of the Young Patriots organization. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, they called themselves the Rainbow Coalition. The movement created a permanent shift in Chicago politics and an organizing model for future activists and politicians across the nation. 
Screening To Feature Q&A

After the screening, join our panelists as they discuss themes in the film including the power of civic engagement and multiethnic coalitions. Indie Lens Pop-Up and WKAR aim to spark enlightening conversations that shed light on these issues.


WKAR Media Auditorium Room 145
Communication Arts & Sciences Building
404 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824


Parking is free after 6 p.m. in the adjacent Trowbridge Road parking ramp.
Parking address: 1149 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

Supported in part by

MSU ComArtSci Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

On the Air

A film by Ray Santisteban, The First Rainbow Coalition premieres on Monday, January 27, 2020, 10:00-11:00 PM ET on WKAR, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. For more information, visit pbs.org/independentlens/indie-lens-pop-up

Support provided by ITVS, CPB, PBS, MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts

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