National Revolution Tour Marks 100th Anniversary Of Racist Riots in Chicago and The Resistance To Them:

“No More! We Need A Whole New World…
We Need Revolution!”



On Saturday, July 27, the National Tour to Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution marked the 100th anniversary of a racist mob attack—and the resistance to it—in Chicago. The attacks by white beachgoers on Black youth Eugene Williams led to a week of conflict in which 25 Black people and 13 whites were killed. The authorities then clamped vicious repression and a whole system of segregation on Black people; one whose legacy continues in Chicago.

Two dozen people, wearing BA Speaks: “REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS! T-shirts, marched in tight formation onto the beach where this happened. They fanned out among beach-goers through the afternoon and called people together for a 5:30 p.m. program at the waterfront to mark the event. The day ended with a powerful ceremony in which participants put rocks on an American flag and spoke of their determination to get to a world where the white supremacy that murdered Eugene Williams, along with the other outrages and needless suffering brought down by this system, really are no more, and were led by Maggie Brown to sing together “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.” They then took flowers, to symbolize the future we were dedicating ourselves to.


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