FIGHTING THE POWER: Chicago Black Student-Led Movement -Pemon Rami (Campus)


Thu Feb 02 2023 at 12:30 pm to 02:30 pm


Chicago State University | Chicago, IL

Black history month talk - "FIGHTING THE POWER" Chicago Black Student Led Movements featuring Pemon Rami, Moderated by Dr. Lionel Kimble
About this Event

The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University is pleased to present a FREE hybrid event in observance of Black History Month:


Chicago’s Black Student Led Movements

Featuring Pemon Rami, Moderated by Dr. Lionel Kimble

Explore the era in Chicago and America (1950’s to 1980’s) when Black culture, Black pride and Black love ruled supreme. Pemon Rami chronicles his coming-of-age in Bronzeville in a rarely shared manner, offering a loving yet honest view of the urban metropolis. Encapsulated by the body politics of the civil rights movement, the student movement, the Black arts movement, Black theatre and film movements, this book highlights powerful eras of Black History. The lecture also examines the significant role students played in “fighting the power structure”. Mr. Rami will give you his observations from the frontline as he shares his litany of who's who of literary, political, arts, and activism and how they helped change the course of history for Black people in this country.

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628, Gwendolyn Brooks Library Auditorium Room 415

This event in offered in person and also streamed virtually. Register here to attend the live event which will be held at Chicago State University, Chicago, IL .

We will also have a livestream of this event if you want to attend virtually. If you want to virtually, please register and visit the virtual event page on Eventbrite for the livestream:

This is a FREE Hybrid event. Campus Parking Fee $5

Pemon Rami author of “When Blackness was Golden – Observations from the front line”, is an international film producer and director, member of the Board of the Illinois Arts Council, member of the Luminary Board of the Independent Film Alliance, former National Endowment for the Arts Program Evaluator and former Director of Education and Public Programs for the DuSable Museum of African American History. The first African American film casting director in Chicago, Rami provided talent for the classic feature films and television movies; "Blues Brothers", Mahogany", “Cooley High”, “The Spook Who Sat by The Door”, and “Uptown Saturday Night”. Pemon produced the feature film “Of Boys and Men” released by Warner Brothers starring: Angela Bassett and Robert Townsend and “93 Days” in Nigeria starring Danny Glover for which he was nominated for an African Academy Award and an African People’s Choice Award.

Dr. Lionel Kimble is an Associate Professor of History at Chicago State University. He is Vice President for Programs for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). He is the author of A New Deal for Bronzeville: Housing, Employment, and Civil Rights in Black Chicago, 1935-1955 (2015) and his work has also appeared in the Journal of Illinois History, the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, and chapters in several encyclopedias.

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This event is brought to you by Chicago State University's Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, with support from the Gwendolyn Brooks Library at Chicago State University, and Brooks Permissions!

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Chicago State University, Gwendolyn Brooks Library, Room 415, Chicago, United States

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