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Illinois State University Speaker Series – Alvis Martin
The Rev. Alvis Martin has spent the past 30 years as a union member and lobbyist promoting public policy to protect union workers, advocating for diversity within organized labor, and standing up for the disenfranchised. He will speak as part of the University’s Black History Month events at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.
During his talk “Civil Rights and the Labor Movement: An Alliance Built Out of Necessity,” Martin will explore both the historic and current importance of trade unionism in progressive racial politics, as well as the cultural and political obstacles confronting interracial class alliances.
The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.