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Legacy of a Legal Vanguard: Personal Stories from the Civil Rights Era

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ClassGraphic Norman C. Amaker not only witnessed history unfolding, he was part of it. Hired by Thurgood Marshal for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, he represented thousands of civil rights activists at every level of the judicial system, including before the Supreme Court. Furthermore, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s attorney, he personally received the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” from King’s hands and delivered it to waiting printers. He went on to become the first full-time African American professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  Mattie Amaker is one of the few remaining local voices of the civil rights era. She will tell us about the remarkable career and experiences of her late husband and will relate personal stories of the struggle of the Amaker family to survive during the Civil Rights Era.

This event is free and open to all current OLLI members. Registration is required.

Mattie Owens Amaker is a forty-year resident of the North Shore. A former realtor, fair housing educator and investigator for the City of Evanston and the State of Illinois, she founded and facilitates the African American History and Genealogy Study Group of Evanston.

A Diversity & Inclusion Committee event –  to enhance and expand diversity and inclusion at OLLI.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

500 Davis Center

Carole Bass 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/15/2018 - 11/15/2018 Weekly - Thu 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Carole Bass