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Panel of two generations will discuss race riots May 16

West side of South Bend wracked by race riots in the late 1960s.
Posted on May 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 1, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

SOUTH BEND — A panel discussion will examine the legacy of three incidents, described at the time as “race riots,” that happened on South Bend’s west side in the years following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Indiana University South Bend on May 16.

“Uprising: The impact of the ’60s on today’s society” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16 at the Civil Rights Heritage Center, 1040 W. Washington St. The center is in the former Engman Public Natatorium, a public facility segregated from 1922 to 1950.

The incidents that will be discussed happened in 1967, 1968 and 1972. The panel will feature two generations — the ‘60s and today. Panelists are Bishop Donald Alford, moderator; Chuck Hurley, former police chief; Gladys Muhammad, Cherri Peate, Charlotte Pfeiffer, former city councilor; Carlis Phillips; Thomas Pulliam; and Muhammad Shabazz II.


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