Documentary Film: Alice's Ordinary People, Thursday March 1

February 21, 2018

Alice’s Ordinary People

Documentary Film Screening

with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick

Thursday March 1 | 6:30 PM

Films at Portsmouth Public Library are free and open to all. Light refreshments are served.

At this very special screening, learn the story of activisit Alice Tregay and talk with Craig Dudnick, maker of the film Alice’s Ordinary People!

This film honors the selfless activists of the Chicago Freedom Movement. Alice Tregay’s life story reads like a history of the civil rights movement. Early on she fought the “Willis Wagons.” The second class structures were built to relieve overcrowding in those Chicago schools which served the African American community. Their very existence perpetuated segregation.

In 1966, Dr. King came to Chicago. Alice and her husband James Tregay marched with him, often at great personal risk. It was at this time that Dr. King joined the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the Reverend James Bevel to form Operation Breadbasket. Breadbasket fought racism on many fronts, but its main task was jobs for African Americans, particularly from those businesses drawing profits from the African American community.

Under the leadership of Reverend Jackson, the months that Alice and her “ordinary people” spent picketing led to real change. But it was through her Political Education class that Alice had her most significant impact. Over a four year period, thousands were trained to work in independent political campaigns. This new force was integral to the re-election of Ralph Metcalf to Congress (this time as an independent democrat), to the election of Harold Washington, mayor, and to making Barack Obama, our first African American President.

Alice’s contribution is unique in American history!

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Alice's Ordinary People