The Lawrence 1970 Project

The Lawrence 1970 Project The Lawrence 1970 Project is a community-wide endeavor to mark and commemorate the tumultuous events of 1970 in Lawrence, Kansas.
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Have you seen The Trial of the Chicago 7? The real trial caused protests in Lawrence in 1970, and one of the defendants,...
10/18/2020
Aaron Sorkin’s New Film Is the Right Story for This Moment

Have you seen The Trial of the Chicago 7? The real trial caused protests in Lawrence in 1970, and one of the defendants, Abbie Hoffman, provoked lots of ire when he spoke at KU on April 24!

Netflix's “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is a departure for the writer and director, who often indulges in misty-eyed idealism for American institutions.

Congratulations to KU’s African and African-American Studies on the department’s 50th anniversary!
09/12/2020
KU’s Department of African and African-American Studies celebrates 50 year anniversary during pivotal time in history

Congratulations to KU’s African and African-American Studies on the department’s 50th anniversary!

Fifty years ago, the University of Kansas was uniquely positioned at the beginning of the initial push in the United States to create educational programs dedicated to studying the history and impact of the experiences of Black people. While the first Black studies program at a university was formed...

Big news! At last night's session, the Lawrence City Commission approved creating historical markers for Tiger Dowdell a...
09/02/2020
Lawrence City Commission approves creating historical markers for police killings of two young men in 1970

Big news! At last night's session, the Lawrence City Commission approved creating historical markers for Tiger Dowdell and Nick Rice. Read about it here.

City leaders have voted to move forward with the creation of historical markers to commemorate two young men who were killed in confrontations with police during racial and political unrest in the summer of 1970. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously to creat...

Five years ago, KU graduate student Allen Sanders created an absorbing documentary about the turmoil that rocked the uni...
08/22/2020
The Forgotten Bow Tie

Five years ago, KU graduate student Allen Sanders created an absorbing documentary about the turmoil that rocked the university in 1970. You can view it here.

"The Forgotten Bow Tie." A story about America in 1970; Lawrence, KS, the University of Kansas, it’s struggles, the students and the powers that were.

08/22/2020
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The Historic Resources Commission has called for markers observing the killings of Rick Dowdell and Nick Rice. Read about it here:

R.I.P. to the great John Lewis.
07/18/2020
John Lewis, civil rights icon and congressman, dies at 80

R.I.P. to the great John Lewis.

Lewis was the last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He was best known for leading 600 protesters in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Tune in to Timeline Radio - 1320 KLWN this Monday as Clenece Hills interviews Stephen Dowdell, brother of Tiger Dowdell,...
07/15/2020
Clenece

Tune in to Timeline Radio - 1320 KLWN this Monday as Clenece Hills interviews Stephen Dowdell, brother of Tiger Dowdell, and Will Hickox of the Watkins Museum about the summer of 1970!

Stephen Dowdell, brother of Tiger, will be my guest on Timeline Radio, Monday morning, July 20th, 9:05 a.m. We will visit about the summer of 1970 in Lawrence, along with Will Hickox of the Watkins Community Museum of History. www.klwn.com

Two KU scholars sent this open letter to the university's leadership, in which they draw parallels between the violent e...
07/08/2020
Open Letter to Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer – The Project on the History of Black Writing

Two KU scholars sent this open letter to the university's leadership, in which they draw parallels between the violent events of July 1970 and racial strife 50 years later. What do all of you think? Are there parallels?

Uncategorized Open Letter to Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer Posted June 19, 2020June 19, 2020 Mona Ahmed https://www.kuendowment.org/Your-Gift/George-Floyd-Memorial-Scholarship-Fund Dear Doug and Barb, The above announcement was recently brought to our attention. Because the solicitation o...

Tune in to Timeline Radio - 1320 KLWN on July 20 to hear an interview with Stephen Dowdell about the tumultuous events o...
07/07/2020
Clenece

Tune in to Timeline Radio - 1320 KLWN on July 20 to hear an interview with Stephen Dowdell about the tumultuous events of 50 years ago.

Stephen Dowdell, brother of Tiger, will be my guest on Timeline Radio, Monday morning, July 20th, 9:05 a.m. We will visit about the summer of 1970 in Lawrence, along with Will Hickox of the Watkins Community Museum of History. www.klwn.com

St. Luke AME Church is an important part of our community and history. In these difficult times, we can all lend them a ...
06/04/2020
Help Restore St. Luke AME Stained Glass Windows organized by John Sebelius

St. Luke AME Church is an important part of our community and history. In these difficult times, we can all lend them a hand by donating to their stained glass window restoration!

St. Luke AME Church is not just a church. For the town of Lawrence and t… John Sebelius needs your support for Help Restore St. Luke AME Stained Glass Windows

The Class of 1970 was unable to hold their 50th reunion this year, but our friends at University of Kansas Libraries sco...
05/19/2020
Gold Medal Club 1970 · KU Libraries Exhibits

The Class of 1970 was unable to hold their 50th reunion this year, but our friends at University of Kansas Libraries scoured their archives to create this groovy online exhibit about that incredible year on the Hill. Check it out!

Congratulations to the Class of 1970 from each of us at the University of Kansas Libraries. In your honor, enjoy a digital exhibition of memorabilia from your time on the KU campus. With a variety of photographs and digitized materials from the University Archives, located in Kenneth Spencer Researc...

05/02/2020
Fire in the Heartland: The Kent State Story

Chris Rice (brother of Nick Rice) has informed us about this interesting new film. It will air at 2 AM, Tuesday May 5, on KCPT – Kansas City PBS 2.

On May 4th, 1970, thirteen young Americans were shot down by the National Guard in a shocking act of violence against unarmed students. This sparked the largest student strikes and student protests in history that swept across 3,000 campuses nationwide.

Fifty years ago today, the Kansas Union was firebombed, a crime that remains unsolved. Read this retrospective from our ...
04/21/2020
50 years later, firebombing of Kansas Union leaves lasting impact on Lawrence history

Fifty years ago today, the Kansas Union was firebombed, a crime that remains unsolved. Read this retrospective from our friends at Lawrence Journal-World. Were any of you here in Lawrence at the time?

Fifty years ago today, Lawrence and the University of Kansas campus were the epicenter of nationwide unrest over civil rights and simmering tensions amid the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War. In the days and weeks leading up to April 20, 1970, an unsettled feeling had already begun to take...

04/07/2020
Earth Days 2009 Full Movie

Fifty years ago this month, Lawrence residents joined in a new, nationwide environmental movement. Tune in to the Watkins Museum of History page on April 22 for Online Event: Earth Day 50th Birthday Party, featuring videos from the Watkins and several community partners. In the meantime, check out this great American Experience | PBS documentary about the origins of Earth Day in April 1970!
KU Natural History Museum Spencer Museum of Art Friends of the Kaw - Kansas Riverkeeper Kansas Biological Survey and KU Field Station

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How Local History Informs the Present

The Lawrence 1970 Project is a community-wide endeavor to mark, commemorate, and illuminate the tumultuous events of 50 years ago, which deeply affected Lawrence, Kansas. Through a timeline and events listing, project partners will bring people together to remember and explore issues of race, civil rights, war, feminism, and the counterculture that touched off a painful, but in some ways liberating, year in Lawrence.

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Readers here might be interested in this novel. Here's a review by Jay Cooper who worked as KU student radio announcer before going on to KC radio fame: "When I started reading Then and Now I was nearly overcome with how Attwood recreated the experience of being a student at Kansas in the mid-to-late '60's. For transparency reasons I will admit to have known Randy since he arrived in Lawrence and shared a dorm room with Kiely, but, if I hadn't felt strongly about his work, I just wouldn't write anything about it. So, I am trying to go back to my journalism roots and remain objective. I think he would rather have it that way. "Attwood captured people whom I knew and places that I had been. He captured the conversations where we solved all of the world's problems. He activated my sense memories of sounds, of smells, of sights. I thought he either had a great memory, or had always been taking notes (but I don't remember him carrying a pad.) "Then I realized that Attwood writes fiction. He created the characters, the dialogue, the sets and the details. Like any writer he must have a storehouse of base information from which he fashions the details, then he does research. When he has finished it is true art."
July 16, 1970 in Lawrence KS... (excerpt from "So This Is America...." by By R. Monhollon
July 16, 1970 in Lawrence KS... (excerpt from "So This Is America...." by By R. Monhollon