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Thursday, March 8, 2018

crhc:lecture series | The Construction and Reconstruction of the 14th Amendment
6pm to 7:30pm

The popular crhc:lecture series from Dr. Darryl Heller, Director of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, returns for Spring 2018. 

In "The Construction and Reconstruction of the 14th Amendment," Dr. Heller discusses the context in which the 14th amendment came into being, different ways it was interpreted, and the implication of those interpretations to newly freed people in the last quarter of the 19th century. 

This and the entire crhc:lecture series events are free, and public participation is highly encouraged.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Discussion, "1968 in South Bend"
6pm to 7:30pm

1968 was a momentous year in the history of the United States. Wars abroad. Uprisings in cities. Assassinations of prominent leaders. South Bend was not immune, nor alone. We reacted to national events, and acted to make changes here. 

On February 27, we convene a panel of people who lived through and helped shape events that year. 

Join us as we discuss 1968 from a national and hyper-local perspective with those who experienced it first-hand. Public participation by a wide age-range is highly encouraged.

This discussion event is free and part of a city-wide initiative, "1968: A Movement in Time," sponsored by the ND Center for Arts and Culture and multiple partners. For more, visit

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Poetry Den
6pm to 8pm

Hostess Pam Blair creates a space where poets and spoken word artists both new and seasoned can express themselves. 

The Poetry Den is a monthly open microphone event with an additional featured poet. 

Guests are welcome to simply come, sit back, and enjoy. Or, if you have a few verses to share, sign up and step up to the open mike. Then, a featured poet will soothe and inspire.

It's an evening of spoken word that will make you snap your fingers! 

This free event is organized by Pamela Blair. For more, contact her at

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Umgowa, Black Power!
3pm to 4pm

Join us for the performance of a short play and discussion by 8th grade students from Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School in Cassopolis, MI. Their performance involves three points of conflict and compromise within the Black Power Movement between 1960-1968 and include the characters of Ella Baker, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, and Hazel Brannon Smith. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Celebrating Malcolm X, wsg Ilyasah Shabazz
6pm to 7:30pm

Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall
Indiana University South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46615

On February 23, we welcome a very special guest to Indiana University South Bend.

Ilyasah Shabazz is the daughter of the late, legendary civil rights leader Malcolm X. Join us as we welcome her to speak about her father's life, his legacy, and her current work.

An author of several books including "Growing Up X," and "Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X," among several others, Ms. Shabazz serves as a trustee for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, the Malcolm X Foundation, and the Harlem Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

** Please note that this free special event takes place at the Louise E. Addict and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall on the campus of Indiana University South Bend. **

Tickets are not required; however, we recommend arriving early to ensure seating. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud: A Retrospective on James Brown
6pm to 7:30pm

In 1968, legendary musician James Brown dropped his anthemic single, "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud."

Fifty years later, join the Civil Rights Heritage Center as we celebrate the man whose life, legacy, and career changed both music and history. 

Through discussion, video, and, of course, his music, we'll share and celebrate James Brown's numerous contributions to the world musical landscape. 

This free event is part of the CRHC's celebration of Black History Month 2018. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Celebration of Black Leaders: Past, Present, and Future
12pm to 3pm

Please join students from Black Student Unions at IU South Bend, the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Bethel colleges as they celebrate the commencement of Black History Month! This is the first collaborative event with all four Black Student organizations, and they would love to see as many students from all surrounding colleges and universities there, as well as prominent leaders of South Bend!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Tribute to Dick Gregory, wsg Dr. Ron Gregory
6pm to 7:30pm

Kick off Black History Month with a look at the legendary comedian, activist, writer, and social critic Dick Gregory from the view of his brother, Dr. Ron Gregory.

During the 1960s, Dick Gregory became a powerful voice in the civil rights movement. He toured the U.S., published comedy albums, and wrote several books that used the language of comedy to fight injustices. From racial oppression, to the war in Vietnam, to economic disparity, and more, Dick Gregory's comedic talent and keen intellect helped bring those issues to light.


January 28, 2018

The Poetry Den
6pm to 8pm

Hostess Pam Blair creates a space where poets and spoken word artists both new and seasoned can express themselves.

The Poetry Den is a monthly open microphone event with an additional featured poet.

Guests are welcome to simply come, sit back, and enjoy. Or, if you have a few verses to share, sign up and step up to the open mike. Then, a featured poet will soothe and inspire.

It's an evening of spoken word that will make you snap your fingers!

This free event is organized by Pamela Blair. For more, contact her at

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Exhibition Opening, "Facing Barriers|Opening Doors"
6pm to 8pm

The Snite Museum of Art and the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center hosts an exhibition of artwork and an exploration of the personal work of South Bend eighth graders towards achieving racial justice.

On Monday, January 22, students from South Bend's Jefferson Intermediate Traditional School participated in the second annual Racial Justice Institute. At the Snite Museum of Art, students explored how artists respond to racial injustice. At the Civil Rights Heritage Center, they learned about the history of marginalized groups in the South Bend community and their response to injustices.

One goal that day was to create a collaborative art piece. Inspired by the artists they studied in the morning, the art piece reflects their individual and collective paths forward to advocate for racial justice.

On Tuesday, January 23 from 6pm to 8pm, we share the results of their work.

Join these talented students, their families, and organizers of the Racial Justice Institute for a program that celebrates the students and their journeys. Additionally, representatives from various community organizations will be on hand to offer the students—and you—opportunities to learn more about those agencies doing great work in our community, and how you can start working with them to achieve their goals.

This free exhibition opening and presentation is made possible through a collaboration with the Snite Museum of Art.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The People's Inauguration II: The State of Our Union
4pm to 6:30pm

Islamic Society of Michiana
3310 Hepler St.
South Bend, IN 46635

Reflect on the past year's efforts to protect threatened peoples and find organizations you can join to continue the fight.

The People's Inauguration II celebrates how individuals can unite and work to counter injustice.

Join the fight yourself. Hear from community leaders, find a movement that speaks to you, and get involved in our community.

This event takes place at the Islamic Society of Michiana and is presented by the Michiana Social Justice Coalition:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Exhibition Opening, "Misconceptions"
6pm to 8pm

Detroit based artist Waleed Johnson’s work explores what happens when one looks upon another only skin deep, and how those misconceptions impact the emotions of others.

Join him as he talks about his art along with a reading of original poetry from Jenai Jackson.

This free artist talk and poetry reading marks the official opening of the "Misconceptions" exhibition. His artwork and poetry by Jenai Jackson will be on view at the Center from Tuesday, January 16 through February 28, 2018.

Waleed Johnson is a 2015 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and was selected as a Reily Scholar—an honor given to those with dual degrees. An engineer by day and artist by night, Waleed’s works have shown in galleries in Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Little Taste of Peace
Begins at 6pm

Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley
3202 Shalom Way
South Bend, IN 46615

Is it possible to talk and really listen to someone with an opposite viewpoint? The Little Taste of Peace offers the opportunity in the spirit of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to meet and talk as a kickoff for the Study Circles On Race.

The event is free, but registration is required. Visit this link to register.
For questions, please contact Kelsey at the YWCA by calling (574) 233-9491 ext. 316.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

crhc:film | "The Borinqueneers"
6pm to 8pm

The crhc:film series returns in 2018 for a new season of films and discussions about issues that matter.

"The Borinqueneers" is the first major documentary to chronicle the story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history—exploring stories of courage, triumph and struggle through rare archival materials and compelling interviews with veterans, commanding officers and historians.

Narrated by Hector Elizondo, it reveals how the 65th Infantry Regiment served meritoriously in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, even as they faced discrimination within the Army.

This free film event and discussion is the first in our Spring 2018 crhc:film series.


December 5, 2017

crhc:film | "Dolores"
6pm to 8pm

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. 

With unprecedented access, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. 
From Executive Producer Carlos Santana, "Dolores" is currently in limited release around the United States, and this showing is currently the only showing in Indiana.

Sunday December 3, 2017

DTSB Historic Holiday Walking Tour
1pm to 5pm

Join the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center with some of our West Washington neighbors as we open our doors for Downtown South Bend's Historic Holiday Walking Tour.

On Sunday, December 3, visit your choice of thirteen historic sites including some private homes. Bring along some holiday cheer and enjoy a walk through South Bend's history.

The sites open themselves up for free for you to enjoy at your leisure. Tours are not guided, leaving you free to pick and choose your times and your favorite sites.

To learn more and to plan your own route, click/tap here to download a PDF map of the day's sites.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "Broken On All Sides: Is There Another Way To Do Justice?"
6pm to 8pm

Mass incarceration is a global phenomenon, and the U.S. imprisons more of its citizens than countries our government accuses of atrocities. If mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, and if the school-to-prison pipeline is the feeder, how should resistance look?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she looks at the impact mass incarceration has had, and ways to resist it.

This free event is led by the IU South Bend Social Action Project (SOCACT).


Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm to 8pm

Feed your soul with some of the best spoken word in the city. Host Pamela Blair opens the stage to new and seasoned poets for an audience eager to listen. Then, a featured poet takes over the mike to soothe and inspire.

If you enjoy beautiful, inspiring spoken word art, then this free event is for you.

The Poetry Den is made possible by host Pamela Blair, and is recommended for audiences aged 18 and over. For more information, email Pam at

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

crhc:film | “Almost Sunrise"
6pm to 8pm

Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey—a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war, and to ultimately save themselves.

Will this epic pilgrimage allow them to begin the new life they so desperately seek?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "All the World's Beliefs: Can They Change the World?"
6pm to 8pm

All the world’s religions talk about what believers should do to make the world a better place. If all religions talk about peace, why is religion used to justify prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, and war? Can religion and spirituality create justice?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she leads a discussion on the religions of the world and their role in making peace.

This free event is sponsored by the Social Action Project (SOCACT). 

Tuesday, November 2, 2017

Día de los Muertos
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us and the University of Notre Dame's Center for Arts and Culture as we celebrate Mexican history and South Bend's Latinx community with a recognition of Día de los Muertos.

View ofrendas, or altars, crated by local artists and community organizations that pay tribute to those who have passed away.

Enjoy music and dance from the University of Notre Dame's Ballet Folklorico and others, family activities, pan dulce (sweet bread), and champurrado (hot drink with corn and chocolate).

This free, family friendly event is made possible by the University of Notre Dame's Center for Arts and Culture, Institute for Latino Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Snite Museum of Art. 

On view November 4 through December 22, 2017

Political Cartoons of The Reformer

The Reformer was an African American led newspaper published from 1968 through 1971. Its pages shared news from the community during an important era—the assassination of Dr. King, riots against police brutality, the loss of Studebaker and other major industrial employers, and so much more.

One artist, Donald Land, took pen to paper to draw his interpretations of issues that mattered—police treatment, false perceptions of minority neighborhoods, politics, life, and more.

On Monday, November 6, 2017, the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center will open an exhibition featuring some of these largely unknown pieces of South Bend’s history.

Biting and poignant, they strongly relate to political issues today, forty years after their original publication.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Social Action Project 20th Anniversary Poetry Slam Celebration
6pm to 9pm

Join the IU South Bend Social Action Project as they bring their Poetry Jam back for its' 20 year Anniversary Celebration! The night will include a line up of spoken word artists from the past and the present. There will also be an open mic session for those wishing to perform.

This event is open to the community and will be held at the Civil Rights Heritage Center.
Get ready to snap your fingers and feel moved on October 25th for this Poetry Jam Reunion!

For more information or if you are interested in performing, feel free to contact Evelyn Batres ( or Asia Carruthers (

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm to 8pm

The Poetry Den brings a mix of poets to a safe stage. If you enjoy spoken word art, join and enjoy.
Maybe you have some verses of your own you want to share? Sign up for the open mike. Maybe you prefer to sit back and snap? Please do.

This free event is led by Pam Blair and recommended for guests 18 and over. Questions? Contact her at

Friday, October 13, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "Who Will Lead Us? Black Women in the New Revolution.

History still invokes the names of prominent men of the Civil Rights Movement, yet the women of the movement are still not well known. Why did that happen and how can we rethink what “leadership” means in a social movement of the 21st century?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she leads a discussion of the black women who made, and make, our social movements.

This free event is sponsored by the Social Action Project (SOCACT).

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

crhc:film | Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding Schools

From 1879 through the 1960s, an educational system attempted to destroy American Indian culture and tribal unity. The Indian Boarding School system attempted to, as one of the founders stated, “Kill the Indian and save the man.”

Join us as we present “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English.” The film combines personal interviews with historical narration and features powerful interviews with people such as Andrew Windy Boy and Grace Thorpe (daughter of noted Sauk and Fox athlete Jim Thorpe), this film reflects the harrowing and often untold experience suffered by many Native Americans.

After the film, a panel and audience discussion continues the exploration into a system that sought to destroy indigenous cultures.

This free film is the second in our fall 2017 “crhc:film” series.


Tuesday, September 24, 2017

The Poetry Den

Words roll and fingers snap at The Poetry Den. Join hostess Pamela Blair as she welcomes a range of spoken word artists to the stage to share their verses. From seasoned poets to fresh new voices, the wealth and breadth of talent will leave you fulfilled. Have some words to share yourself? Sign up for the open mike! Wish to just sit back and enjoy? Please do! This free event is recommended for guests 18 and over. Questions? Contact Pam Blair at

Friday, September 22, 2017

Community Forum: Fighting Racism in South Bend

Join the IU South Bend Black Student Union as they respond to the recent White Nationalist March in Charlottesville, VA. A panel of five guests will lead an open discussion between the panelists and the audience on how to fight racism here in South Bend.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

crhc:film | "I Am Not Your Negro"

Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. Based on an un nished manuscript Baldwin began in 1979, “Remember This House,” which was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.— lmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book that Baldwin never nished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America using Baldwin’s original words and a ood of rich archival material. “I Am Not Your Negro” is a journey into Black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "Ideology: A Vocabulary for Resistance in the 21st Century"

Citizen participation is on the rise in these turbulent times. Protests, rallies, petitions, Facebook groups—all have been used to organize around social justice issues. There have also been calls for a new social movement. What would such a movement look like?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she leads a discussion on new social movements already in motion. We will sort what language best describes it using current history. We will examine the structural injustices inherent to questions like:

– Who decides what "social justice" means (Standing Rock, Permanent Supportive Housing)?
– The internet allows so many voices to be heard, which ones would (or should) we believe ("alternative facts")?
– How may the definitions of “privacy” and “civil rights” change as a result of new technologies of surveillance (Finger-print screen locks, GPS, and Google)?
– What kind of change do we want to see in the world (Say Her Name, Justice for Jodie)?


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Vote By Mail Information Session

The Michiana Alliance for Democracy hosts an information session encouraging vote by mail. Learn more about what this could mean for voter participation. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Reflections on the Maasai

Learn about traditional Maasai culture from a representative here in Michiana.

Maasai are an ethnic group in Kenya who have become a cultural icon throughout the world. Tourists come to Kenya every year
to see one of the remaining indigenous African peoples, a
proud people who have resisted and withstood the onslaught of westernization for centuries.

On Monday, August 28, 2017, join us to meet a representative of Maasai culture. Though he does not speak English, through an interpreter he will share stories of his people, their traditions, and their dances, as well as re ect on the place of cultures like his in our modern world. Joseph Karanja, a Kenyan and long-time member of the South Bend community, will lead the re ections and the discussion.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Poetry Den

Let the words roll. 

Every month, Pam Blair hosts an evening of enchanting spoken word art. 

Have some of your own works to share? Bring them and sign up for the open mike!

Prefer to sit back and enjoy? No problem! 

Each month brings a different group of poets, but each brings a unique wit and wisdom to this special, historic place. 

Questions? Contact our hostess at

This event is free and participation by those over the age of 16 is encouraged.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 6pm-8pm

On view: Monday, August 28 through September 29, 2017

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders, 2017

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day with stories from twelve women who made their mark on Michiana.

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders aims to build the historical record of local women who have shaped our community. Some of the women honored have a track record of leadership that is widely recognized; some prefer to lead quietly from behind the scenes. Each has changed the course of their community.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

LaSalle Park Summer Fest: People Coming Together

LaSalle Park, South Bend

Enjoy an afternoon of community connections in South Bend's LaSalle Park, with food vendors, a bouncy house, rock climbing wall, music, and dance. 

This event and exhibition is a partnership between numerous community oranizations, including the Civil Rights Heritage Center; La Casa de Amistad; City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts; City of South Bend; Latin American Chamber of Commerce; South Bend Community School Corporation; Let's Turn It Around!; South Bend Fire/EMS; South Bend Police Athletic League; University of Notre Dame Community Relations; 100 Black Men; LaSalle Park Neighborhood Alliance. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Exploring to Create

Join us as we activate the many languages of early childhood! This interactive experience will dive into meaning making through many forms such as sight, sound and movement!

There will be areas for light and water play, art-making and documentations.

This is an opportunity to engage in dialogue about the rights of young children and the possibilities that lie ahead when we participate and exchange knowledge!

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