See EIU in the Civil Rights Era
During the 1960s-1970s, Eastern's African-American student population began to grow significantly. It was a time of many "firsts" on campus, some of which are highlighted in this exhibit. Curator: Ellen Corrigan
Ellen K. Corrigan is an associate professor in cataloging services at Booth Library. She holds an MLS and an MA in art history, both from the University of Maryland.
Inspired by the black civil rights movement, gay rights activism in the 1960s became much more visible and politically active than it had been during the 1950s. Self-identified as the “homophile” movement, activists picketed government agencies to protest discriminatory employment practices. Curator: Todd Bruns
Todd Bruns is an associate professor and the institutional repository librarian for Eastern. He is responsible for The Keep (http://thekeep.eiu.edu), EIU’s institutional repository, which is one of the largest IRs in the Midwest and the second largest in Illinois. Bruns also chairs the Booth Library Web Resources Committee, and provides reference and bibliographic instruction services. His outreach event, the Edible Book Festival, is held every year as the kickoff program for National Library Week. Mr. Bruns holds an MA in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in technology from Eastern Illinois University.
The Women's Movement
The second wave of the women’s movement gained steam through the 1960s as part of the civil rights and anti-war movements. The approval of the pill and the consequent change in the number of women employed in the job market, the publishing of The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Betty Friedan, and the founding of the National Organization for Women in 1966 all provided grounding for the actions that would take place in the 1970s and beyond. Curator: Ann Brownson
Ann Brownson is a reference and education librarian and professor who also coordinates collection development and other activities of the Ballenger Teachers Center. She has two master’s degrees from the University of Iowa, one in library and information science and one in postsecondary student development. Her interests outside work include gardening, home improvement, pets and travel.
Migrant Farm Worker Rights
Led by César Chávez, the 1960s migrant farm worker rights movement modeled itself on the civil rights movement. Chávez organized the National Farm Workers Association (later renamed the United Farmworkers Union) and launched campaigns to organize grape farm workers and a boycott of grapes. These protests of the harsh working conditions led eventually to the Californian Agricultural Labor Relations Act. Curator: Todd Bruns