January 9th Claire Hartfield at the American Writer's Museum

Claire Hartfield, A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919
American Writer’s Museum, 800 N. Michigan Avenue, Second Floor, at 6pm
On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one.  The racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations.
This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades.
Author Claire Hartfield received her B.A. from Yale University and her law degree from the University of Chicago. As a lawyer, she has specialized in school desegregation litigation. More recently, she has been involved in setting policy and creating programs in charter schools on the West Side. She heard stories of the 1919 race riot from her grandmother, who lived in the Black Belt in Chicago at the time, and was moved to share this history with younger generations. Ms. Hartfield lives in Chicago.
Reader’s Hall. General public.
We will be on hand to sell books before and after the event.

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