Chicago Latino Coalition Presents, ‘Division Street 1966’

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Longtime Westtown-Humboldt Park community residents, activists, and artists have come together to launch a Community History Project, under the auspices of the newly established organization, the Chicago Latino Coalition 2020. The launching event will take place on Saturday June 9th, at Casa Central Auditorium, 1335 North California, from 4pm to 6pm.

The launching event is entitled, “Division Street 1966: The Beginning”. The event will serve as a celebration and acknowledgement of individuals and organizations that formulated solutions to the problems of the Westtown-Humboldt Park Puerto Rican community before and after the 1966 Division Street Riots of June 1966.

The event will include displays of artifacts that covered that important time period. In addition, the keynote speaker to the event will be Dr. Samuel Betances, and entertainment will be provided by the Chicago Cuatro Orchestra Project, local poets Yolanda Nieves and David Hernandez, AfriCaribe, and the Corillo Ensemble from Humboldt Park. The Chicago Latino Coalition 2020 is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, dissemination, and celebration of Chicago’s Latino history. Chicago is home to the most diverse Latin American population in the World.

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