Bishop O’Dowd High School’s Black Student Union will present “Unity and The Meaning of Coalition” in memory of the original Rainbow Coalition. The Original Rainbow Coalition, formed in Chicago in the late 1960’s, was the alliance between the Chicago Black Panther Party, Puerto Rican Young Lords, and Poor White Young Patriots Organization. It was one of the moments in the history of this country where poor people came together across racial lines to build power, support each other, and fight for their shared interests.
The program includes gospel music, dance and spoken word, and features guest speaker Kimberly Papillon, J.D. The performance will be presented in front of the school community on Thursday, March 1, and will presented to the community at large on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 7 p.m., in the large gymnasium.