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University of Illinois at Chicago, Great Cities Institute

Dr. Gordon Mantler joined a panel discussion entitled, “Chicago’s 2023 Mayoral Race: Reclaiming Harold Washington’s Multiracial Coalition,” which was hosted by UIC and the Great Cities Institute. The panel preceded the 2023 election and was moderated by Juan González, cohost of “Democracy Now.”

“Unsung History” Podcast

Kelly Therese Pollack talked about the historic rise of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington with Dr. Gordon Mantler on her podcast, “Unsung History.” Each episode tells the stories in American history that will have you saying, “wait, why didn’t I know that?” The show focuses on the lives of women, people of color, immigrants, laborers, religious minorities, enslaved people, and Indigenous communities.

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Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Commemorative Event

Dr. Gordon Mantler was interviewed by award-winning journalist and author Sylvia Ewing about his new book, “The Multiracial Promise,” at a special event organized by the Chicago Public Library.

Live from the Heartland 05/20/23: WLUW’s Michael James chats with Dr. Gordon Mantler & Maurice “Mobetta” Brown

Michael James talks with political author Gordon K. Mantler about his new book “The Multiracial Promise: Harold Washington’s Chicago and the Democratic Struggle in Reagan’s America”, then chats with acclaimed Chicago musician Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.

Introducing the New Book to the Urban History Association

The Metropole Bookshelf, part of the official blog of the Urban History Association, is an opportunity for authors of forthcoming or recently published books to let the UHA community know about their new work in the field. Dr. Gordon Mantler introduces his new book, “The Multiracial Promise” to the UHA, via a guest author post.

Read more here.

Header of The Metropole, the official blog of the Urban History Association.

Washington Post Guest Column: Chicago’s mayoral election feels like 1983 all over again — but it isn’t

Dr. Gordon Mantler writes a guest column about the runoff election that pits the campaign’s sole White candidate, Paul Vallas, a more conservative former schools chief endorsed by the police union, against Brandon Johnson, a Black county commissioner and former teacher and union activist who has staked out progressive positions well to the left of Vallas.

Read more here.

History News Network Guest Column: Brandon Johnson Built a Coalition to Win in Chicago.
Can He Keep it to Govern?

Dr. Gordon Mantler writes a guest column on the election of Brandon Johnson, the 57th mayor of Chicago, a moment echoing Harold Washington’s path-breaking election, forty years ago.

Read more here.

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8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
"The Multiracial Promise: Coalition, Mayoral Politics, and the Legacy of Harold Washington"

Virtual book discussion at the Urban History Seminar of the Chicago History Museum. Zoom link to come.

All Day
Multiracial politics and culture in Chicago and beyond

A discussion with fellow authors Helen Shiller and Lewis Watts at the 8th annual Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco.

Mission Campus of City College of San Francisco, 1125 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA,
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Chicago’s Mayoral Election: History and Municipal Power in the Multiracial Windy City

Roundtable at the biennial meeting of the Urban History Association in Pittsburgh.

The Westin Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Ave,, Pittsburgh, PA,
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Community Organizing, Working-Class Power, and Urban Democracy Since the 1950s

Roundtable at the biennial meeting of the Urban History Association in Pittsburgh.

The Westin Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Ave,, Pittsburgh, PA,
8:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Black Resistance in Multiracial Contexts

Roundtable at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Downtown Hyatt Regency, 225 East Coastline Dr., Jacksonville, FL,
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Arlington Library Book Talk

A book talk about “The Multiracial Promise” at the Shirlington branch of the Arlington Public Library.

Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia,
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Harold Washington Commemorative Event

Meet Dr. Mantler and find out about his book, “The Multiracial Promise,” at a Harold Washington Commemorative Event, to be held at the Harold Washington Library Center, in downtown Chicago.

Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library, 400 S State Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60605
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Community discussion at Casa Michoacan, Chicago

A discussion about “The Multiracial Promise” and Latino politics at Casa Michoacan in Pilsen.

Casa Michoacan, 1638 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60608
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Center for Latino Research Book Talk

A book talk about “The Multiracial Promise” at the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University.

Center for Latino Research, 2322 N. Kenmore Avenue, Levan Center, Room 100, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois,
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Red Emma's Book Talk

A conversation with G. Derek Musgrove about “The Multiracial Promise”

Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 3128 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, Maryland, 21218