Chicago 1968

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Spring 2015


Civil rights, anti-war, Northside Cooperative Ministry, Northwest Youth Outreach, Flat Tire, YMCA, Presbyterian Church USA, Illinois, Chicago, Lakeview, substance abuse programs, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 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: 50 minutes

Interview with William Southwick by Nancy Salto


Bill Southwick was active in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s. He helped set up the Northside Cooperative Ministry coffeehouse in Lakeview, an organization that worked on issues such as racial discrimination in housing, day care and mental health services, and the anti-Vietnam movement. He then worked in the YMCA program, Northwest Youth Outreach, that assisted young people with substance abuse issues and established a treatment center called Flat Tire on Halsted, north of Broadway, in Chicago. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA.

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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