Request for information on Rockford’s civil rights history

Request for information on Rockford’s civil rights history


What happened in Rockford during the civil rights struggle? Were there demonstrations and sit-ins? Was there ever any overt discrimination such as “whites only” drinking fountains or separate movie theater sections? Do you have stories to tell, and even better, pictures or memorabilia to share?

Rockford Urban Ministries is hosting a program on the history of the civil rights struggle, from a view of Rockford residents, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Rd. (at the corner of Alpine and Highcrest). A panel of local activists will discuss their activities during the 1960s civil rights struggle. RUM would like to display any memorabilia or hear your stories about civil rights struggles.

Please contact Rockford Urban Ministries Director Stanley Campbell at (815) 964-7111 with any information that you have about this important time in Rockford’s history. Or you can mail any stories, articles or memorabilia to Rockford Urban Ministries, 623 7th St., Rockford, IL 61104.

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