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Chicago Magazine Explores 1968 Legacy

In archives, class, community organizing, indy media, racial justice, social movements on December 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

Peggy Terry VP Campaign PosterContinuing on the theme of the 1968 anniversary, an excerpt from my forthcoming book** was published this week in Chicago’s AREA magazine.

Issue #7 of AREA presents a look back at Chicago in 1968, its meaning, its art, and its vibrant  though lesser known rebellions. Read Rebecca Zorach’s Introduction here.

My contribution focuses on JOIN Community Union and the political transformation of one of its members, Peggy Terry. Terry, a southern-born poor white woman, became the heart of JOIN’s welfare and housing rights work, and later ran for vice-president in 1968 on the Peace & Freedom Party ticket with Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver. Terry didn’t ever expect to win, but she had another victory in mind: negating the influence of presidential candidate and renown racist George Wallace in poor white communities.

Read the except here: Uptown’s JOIN Community Union, 1964-1966

Other great features in AREA Issue #7:

**The book tentatively titled Keep on the Firing Line will be published in January 2010, and traces the history of five little-known community groups that organized white working-class communities against racism and poverty during the 1960s. It was coauthored with James Tracy.