Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

**CANCELLED** CMAS Plática: Max Krochmal

"Toward a Blue Texas: Community Organizing and Coalition-Building, Past, Present, and Future"

Tue, March 27, 2018 | Gordon-White Building Multi-Purpose Room | GWB 2.206 | The University of Texas at Austin

4:00 PM

CMAS Plática: Max Krochmal
CMAS Plática: Max Krochmal

** UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND HOPE TO RESCHEDULE THIS TALK AT A LATER DATE. **

Please join us for a CMAS Plática featuring author and associate professor, Max Krochmal.

This talk, entitled, "Toward a Blue Texas: Community Organizing and Coalition-Building, Past, Present, and Future," will explore community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism in Texas. Drawing on his recent book, Blue Texas, Krochmal will first tell the story of the mid-twentieth century struggle for democracy in Texas, when African American, Mexican American, and white labor and community activists gradually came together at the ballot box and in the streets. After decades of trial and error, these groups formed an alliance and together demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights, and real electoral power. In the second half of his plática, Krochmal will fast-forward to the present and future and discuss contemporary community organizing efforts in Texas. In the end, this plática will lay out a vision for a new coalition that could not only turn Texas blue but also overhaul its power structure.

Max Krochmal, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and founding Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is the author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era. He is also director of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, and the faculty co-director of the TCU Justice Journey, a distinctive academic and experiential-learning course on the African American and Chicano/a liberation struggles. An organizer and scholar-activist, Krochmal serves as co-chair of the Fort Worth Independent School District Racial Equity Committee and is an active member of United Fort Worth, the city’s immigrant rights movement. A native of Reno, Nevada, he majored in Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, before earning his graduate degrees in History at Duke University.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS)

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