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Black History Month Programming

Independent Lens, The First Rainbow Coalition

Independent Lens, The First Rainbow Coalition

Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3:30 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the southern whites of the Young Patriots organization. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, they called themselves the Rainbow Coalition.

”The First Rainbow Coalition” tells the movement’s little-known story through rare archival footage and interviews with former coalition members.

Visit the INDEPENDENT LENS website.

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