Film Screening: The First Rainbow Coalition

Monday, January 13, 2020 The event started -279 days ago

6:00 PM 7:30 PM

Conference Training Center

Room 131

UAH and the Huntsville Community are invited to a PBS Independent Lens Documentary Film Screening:

The First Rainbow Coalition

About the Film

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party, notably led by the charismatic Fred Hampton, began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the working-class young southern whites of the Young Patriots. Finding common ground, these disparate groups banded together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, calling themselves the Rainbow Coalition. The First Rainbow Coalition tells the movement’s little-known story through rare archival footage and interviews with former coalition members in the present-day. 

While the coalition eventually collapsed under duress from constant harassment by local and federal law enforcement, including the murder of Fred Hampton, it had a long term impact, breaking down barriers between communities, and creating a model for future activists and diverse politicians across America. 

A trailer of the documentary is available here


The screening is in coordination with the Dept. of Political Science PSC 601 course, Introduction to Public Policy.  Hy Thurman, founder of the Young Patriots will offer opening remarks and a Q&A will follow the screening. For more information contact


Arts & Entertainment
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Political Science
Public, Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni


Dr. Noelle Hunter 2568242397 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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