Download the 1919 ebook on Hoopla!

Moraine Valley's students, faculty and staff can download Eve Ewing's book, 1919, on our Hoopla app through this link.   (Ask a librarian if you need help.)

Spring 2021 Events

Poetry Reading & Contest Winner Announcements

Sidewalk Poetry: Take Your Chalk to the Streets!  

Recorded Event: Covid-19 Vaccines: the Science & the Psychology

Faculty members discuss the biology, public health aspects, and the psychological factors around the Covid-19 vaccines in the United States. This panel is organized by the MVCC Library. Panel members include: 

  • Judy Corcoran, Nursing
  • Laura Lauzen-Collins, Psychology
  • Peter Porter, Biology

The discussion is moderated by librarians Hannah Carlton and Troy Swanson. 

Recorded Event: Revisiting the Past and Looking Toward the Future: How society has dealt with diversity, equity, and inclusion 1919 - 2021.

  • Special guest Dr. Tracy Crump, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at St. Xavier University. Dr. Crump's talk will consider how to build inclusive spaces in our society by exploring the root causes of social unrest in Chicago over the last century. She will start with the Red Summer of 1919 and move forward.
  • Tracy Crump holds the Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a juris doctorate from from the John Marshall Law School, and earned the LL.M. (post-JD studies) at  Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Recorded Event: An Interview with Haki R. Madhubuti: Taught by Women & other Writers

  • Haki R. Madhubuti is a poet, publisher, and public intellectual. He is the found of Third World Press which is the largest, independent, African-American owned press in the United States. In this interview, MVCC's Dewitt Scott interviews Mr. Madhubuti on his new book Taught By Women: Poems as Resistance Language New and Selected as well as discussing his life and work. 

Recorded Event: Civil unrest in the U.S. Is the worst behind us or ahead of us?

  • The United States has experienced significant civil unrest in the past year. Please join our panel as we examine the landscape of the past year, potential domestic threats in the future, and police and community relations. Panel members will include: Dr. John Roman: Senior Fellow of Economics, Justice and Society at NORC at the University of Chicago, Merri-Fefles Dunkle: History, Political Science and Sociology Professor, and Matthew Harland: Oak Lawn Police Officer, Criminal Justice Professor, and Marine veteran.

Recorded Event: Uncover 1919: A Discussion of Eve Ewing's 1919

  • The MVCC Black Student Association holds an in-depth discussion of “1919” by Eve L. Ewing. Her award-winning collection of poems explores the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 through poetry. This discussion is moderated by Dr. Amani Wazwaz and it part of the Black History Month celebration and the One Book, One College program.

Recorded Event: Eve Ewing's 1919: A Critical Conversation with Dr. Janice Tuck Lively

  • A discussion on Eve Ewing's poetry in her book "1919." In this  interview, MVCC Counselor Shanya Gray interviews Dr. Janice Tuck Lively  of Professor of English at Elmhurst College and author of fiction and  non-fiction. This talk is part of our One Book, One College program on Ewing's 1919.  

Recorded Event: Are Confederate Monuments History? Assessing the Lost Cause, Monuments, and Race in 21st century America

  • In recent years, a vigorous debate has occurred online and in the streets over the meaning of monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders during the American Civil War.  In this presentation, Associate Professor of History Josh Fulton explores the Lost Cause movement and its efforts to reshape historical memory of the Confederacy and the Civil War through monuments and more. 

Recorded Event: Was it really a year like no other? 2020 in Historical Context

The year 2020 was a year to remember, but how unique was it? How does it compare to other historic moments? MVCC history faculty consider these questions. This event is part of the Moraine Valley One Book, One College program. 

Recorded Event: The Bubonic Plague: The Ultimate Pandemic

  • History faculty member Jim McIntyre provides an overview of the history of one of the most deadly pandemics in history, the bubonic plague or the black death. This discussion reviews key outbreaks and the impacts they had in history. This is set in light of the current, Covid-19 pandemic.

Fall 2020 Event Videos

1919 Virtual Book Displays  

"Radically different and radically unchanged..."

In July of 1919, Eugene Williams, an African-American boy, accidentally floated into the “whites-only” section of the 29th Street beach on Lake Michigan. White sunbathers started throwing rocks. After being struck by a rock, Williams drowns. The South Side of Chicago exploded. Racism, neighborhood segregation, and economic instability became a tinder box that when lit, raged out of control. Once the fires were extinguished, 38 people were dead and 1000s were homeless. The 1919 Chicago riot was the worst out of over twenty riots across the United States that became known as the “Red Summer.”  

Eve Ewing’s book 1919 asks us to remember this often forgotten event. As she notes in the introduction, “This collection of poems is meant as a small offering, an entry point into a conversation about a part of our history that I think is worth talking about much more than we do” (p. 4) . 

In 1919, Ewing presents us with poetry that is accessible, yet deftly complex. Each poem connects with the official report that was published after the riots. She connects us to the history but helps us to feel the time and place in ways that that a “standard” history does not. Ewing explores the before, during, and after of the 1919 riots touching on the murder of Emmett Till, the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the murder of Laquan McDonald. 

Ewing has said that African American life in Chicago today is radically different from 1919 and radically unchanged.