Community Conversation: Civil Rights and Backlash Interactive Workshop

Posted on August 21, 2020

by Greg Coulter

In 1960, 180,000 people lived in Gary, Indiana, a thriving industrial city. Fifty years later, only 80,000 people lived there. Why? What happened? And where did residents go?

Register to join a 90-minute interactive workshop from Valparaiso University’s Welcome Project that weaves together oral histories from residents of northwest Indiana and places them alongside historical contexts to document the changing racial and economic demographics of Gary and the Region, including the rise of black political power and opportunity in the 1960s and ’70s, the “flight” of white residents and businesses to the suburbs, and the automation and subsequent underemployment of the steel mills.

Though about Gary and northwest Indiana, the presentation offers a useful framework for thinking about how these dynamics played out in other cities and regions. Did you know that over 5,000 La Porte County residents commute to work in Lake and Porte County? How does La Porte County fit into the changing racial makeup of northwest Indiana?

Register to join this event taking place on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00pm, and a librarian will email you the link to join the Zoom meeting the day before the event.

Register Here

This event is one of three La Porte County Public Library events that are part of our participation in Indiana Humanities’s One State / One Story initiative. Indiana Humanities’ One State / One Story program invites Hoosiers to engage deeply with a book as part of a statewide conversation.

Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter

Greg is Community Engagement Librarian, a seventh-generation Hoosier, a historian, former poutine cook, and a celebrated vampire hunter (have you seen any vampires around here? No! You’re welcome). They enjoy reading graphic novels, cooking, and traveling.
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