Colorado State University - Pueblo Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest focuses on race relations


Colorado State University - Pueblo Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest focuses on race relations

PUEBLO – The 2011 Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest, April 20-26, at Colorado State University-Pueblo will feature a film about the Ludlow Massacre, a speaker on race relations, and a film about race relations and labor.

The eighth annual Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest activities coincide with the anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, during which 17 miners, wives, and children lost their lives in April, 1914. A monument erected by the United Mine Workers of America stands today in Ludlow, Colorado south of Pueblo in remembrance of the brave and innocent souls who died for freedom and human dignity. In December, 2008, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Ludlow site as a National Historic Landmark.

The first event will be the presentation of the film Way Down in the Hole at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 in the Hasan School of Business Auditorium.  The film’s producer and director, Alex Johnston, will be available for a question and answer session after the film. An historical documentary, Way Down in the Hole raises important questions about immigration, labor relations, and cultural identity. Placing the Ludlow Massacre in the context of the entire strike helps viewers to understand the complexities of the relationship between labor and management. Alex Johnston was a recipient of the 2009 Jack Henning Fellowship in Labor Culture and History, and has a master’s degree in social documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
On Thursday, April 21, the film At the River I Stand, will address the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr and the Memphis sanitation workers’ struggle. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the InfoZone at the Rawlings Library, 100 E Abriendo Ave.
The final two events will be a teacher’s workshop and community lecture on Tuesday, April 26, by historian Thomas Sugrue. The teacher’s workshop begins at 3:30 p.m.  in Life Sciences Auditorium (LS105). The community lecture will begin at 7 p.m. also in LS 105. Sugrue, the David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, specializes in 20th Century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race.  He is the author of Not Even Past: Barack Obama and The Burden of Race, Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, and the Origins of the Urban Crisis.
The Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest is sponsored by CSU-Pueblo’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of History, Koncilja & Koncilja, P.C., and the InfoZone at the Rawlings Library. For more information on Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest activities, contact Jonathan Rees, professor of history, at jonathan.rees@colostate-pueblo.edu or 719-549-2541. 

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