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  • 7/2/20: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Ira Schneider

    7/2/20: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Ira Schneider

    Join Media Burn Archive for a digital screening and discussion of the radical power that video can have in enacting social change. Continue reading

  • 6/15/20: Historic Happy Hour with Chicago Detours + Media Burn

    6/15/20: Historic Happy Hour with Chicago Detours + Media Burn

    Since 2010, Chicago Detours has been offering fun and educational guided walking tours and bus tours of Chicago architecture, history and culture to public and private groups. Their cool Chicago walking tours bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know. They were voted “Best Tour of Chicago 2019”! As part of their Historic Happy Hour series, Chicago Detours Executive Director Amanda Scotese will talk with Media Burn Executive Director Sara Chapman about Media Burn’s work preserving … Continue reading

  • A sunny day, Italian ice, and the old neighborhood: Ben Hollis on “stoop talk”

    A sunny day, Italian ice, and the old neighborhood: Ben Hollis on “stoop talk”

    Almost everywhere in the world, we are building new routines that keep us in a very limited geographic orbit. But, we are still finding ways to connect with friends, family, and neighbors. People are spending more time on porches, balconies, and yards chatting, singing, eating, and dancing with whoever passes by. In many ways, we are becoming friendlier than ever before. In this 1995 video, Chicago favorite Ben Hollis hangs out with residents of Taylor Street as they sit on … Continue reading

  • August 29,1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    August 29,1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    In light of worldwide protests following the murder of George Floyd, it’s valuable to put these radical times in context with the demonstrations in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The independent Kerner Commission report determined that it was a “a police riot.” Television viewers around the world were stunned to see police beating anti-war demonstrators after the city had become an armed camp. The video is from the two-and-a-half-hour special broadcast on WTTW / Channel 11 on the tenth … Continue reading

  • #BlackLivesMatter

    #BlackLivesMatter

    We at Media Burn are saddened and horrified by the continued acts of violence against the Black community perpetrated by an unjust and rigged system. Our hearts go out to those grieving the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee and too many others.  We acknowledge that the change that needs to occur is within the institutions and minds of white Americans, including ourselves. We are relying on Black organizations and activists on the front lines … Continue reading

  • Ralph Davis

    Camera original footage shot for the documentary ’63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films. ’63 Boycott is a thirty-minute documentary and web project highlighting the stories of participants in the 1963 Chicago Public School (CPS) Boycott (also known as Freedom Day). One of the largest Civil Rights demonstrations in the city’s history, on October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups, local activists, and 250,000 students staged a mass boycott and demonstration against the Chicago Board of Education to protest racial segregation and inadequate resources for Black students. This interview features Ralph Davis, a student who was interviewed in the original film shot by Gordon Quinn during the 1963 boycott. Continue reading

  • Jill Willis and Annette Stricland

    Camera original footage shot for the documentary ’63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films. ’63 Boycott is a thirty-minute documentary and web project highlighting the stories of participants in the 1963 Chicago Public School (CPS) Boycott (also known as Freedom Day). One of the largest Civil Rights demonstrations in the city’s history, on October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups, local activists, and 250,000 students staged a mass boycott and demonstration against the Chicago Board of Education to protest racial segregation and inadequate resources for Black students. This interview features Annette Stricland and her daughter Jill Willis, who marched in the 1963 Boycott. Continue reading

  • Natasha Dunne, Jill Willis, and Annette Stricland

    Natasha Dunne, Jill Willis, and Annette Stricland

    Camera original footage shot for the documentary ’63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films. ’63 Boycott is a thirty-minute documentary and web project highlighting the stories of participants in the 1963 Chicago Public School (CPS) Boycott (also known as Freedom Day). One of the largest Civil Rights demonstrations in the city’s history, on October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups, local activists, and 250,000 students staged a mass boycott and demonstration against the Chicago Board of Education to protest racial segregation and inadequate resources for Black students. This interview features Annette Stricland, her daughter Jill Willis and her granddaughter Natasha Dunne. Continue reading

 
 
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