Free film screening, panel will explore legacy of community organizing

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"The First Rainbow Coalition" will screen Dec. 10.

"The First Rainbow Coalition"

Join Panhandle PBS for a screening of an acclaimed documentary that charts the history and enduring legacy of a groundbreaking multi-ethnic coalition that rocked Chicago in the 1960s.

A free Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of The First Rainbow Coalition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Alamo Tree Center, 1502 S. Cleveland St. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and a panel discussion will follow.

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form a multi-ethnic coalition with the Young Lords Organization and the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in post-war America, the Rainbow Coalition changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics and created an organizing model for future activists and politicians.

Following the film, Amarillo community leaders Floyd Anthony (Amarillo NAACP Branch), Teresa Kenedy (Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee) and Mercy Murguia (Potter County Commissioner Pct. 2) will discuss their community organizing efforts.

The film will premiere on Panhandle PBS at 9 p.m. Jan. 27 on Independent Lens on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

Future Pop-Up screenings will include Always in Season on Feb. 25, Bedlam on March 24, Eating Up Easter on April 21 and Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project on June 9. Details are subject to change.

Panhandle PBS Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings are supported by ITVS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Local support is provided by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and Friends Interested in Literary Movies.

For information, call 806-371-5224.

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