Chicago 1968

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Spring 4-25-2015


Civil rights, Episcopal Church, Gay activism, Homosexuality, Religious aspects, social aspects, Democratic National Convention, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Richard J. Daley, Riots, Illinois


Cultural History | History | Political History | Political Science | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social History | United States History


Length: 120 minutes

Interview with James A. "Jim" Aull by Jeremiah Morales


Jim Aull was active in social justice movements during the 1960s and committed to serving the needs of disadvantaged youth. Through weekly open house events in his home and through his work at a YMCA Coffee House on the Northwest side, Jim Aull also earned a MDv from Chicago Theological Seminary during this time, and, later, a MAT from Northwestern University. He taught high school in Woodstock, IL, served as director of development for Chicago Youth Centers, and was a founding member of the Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) and guided the establishment of the OPALGA youth services. He died in 2019.

The interviewer conducted this oral history as part of his/her coursework for the Spring 2015 class, Oral History: The Art of the Interview. This project was completed in collaboration with the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and the College Archives & Special Collections department at Columbia College Chicago. Contact for more information.

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