Civil rights, social justice, interfaith work, American Baptist Church, Community Renewal Society, Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, Illinois, Democratic National Convention, social movements, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, Church work, Segregation, Civil rights demonstrations, Civil rights movements
Cultural History | History | Political History | Political Science | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social History | United States History
Length: 76 minutes
Interview with Larry Greenfield by Lauren Kostiuk
Rev. Greenfield begins by describing organizations he’s been involved with, devoted to religious ethics and social justice, protecting the rights of women, gender and sexual minorities, economic justice, and other related causes. He recounts his early years in Sioux Falls with his parents and how his religious involvement prompted questions about equality and social justice. He then recounts his time at the University of Chicago, where he began his involvement in political activism and civil rights. He recalls in detail his experiences at the Democratic National Convention, serving as a guide to a team of journalists and witnessing both the events within the convention and the demonstrations outside. He reflects on the way the event surrounding the DNC radically challenged his view of America, how those events pulled Americans out of a political “adolescence […] and became more realistic—a greater capacity for tough criticism.” Finally, he describes how the events of 1968 clarified, for him, the responsibilities he held as a Christian on issues of justice and peace and how we are still struggling with many of those same issues today.
Kostiuk, Lauren. "Interview with Larry Greenfield" (Spring 2015). Oral Histories, Department of Humanities, History & Social Sciences, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/chicago1968/4
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