Environmental Justice after the Red Summer: Race and Urban Space in Chicagoland

One hundred years ago, the so-called “Red Summer” of 1919 saw race riots in dozens of American cities.  In Chicago, violence erupted following the murder by a white man of an African American teenager, Eugene Williams, who had unwittingly drifted into waters off a segregated city beach while swimming.  In commemoration of the centenary of this key event in the history of race, segregation, and contested public space in Chicago, Lake Forest College’s Humanities 2020 presents a program exploring how people of color and the region’s environmental justice movements continue to grapple with contested urban space in the 21st century.