“The First Rainbow Coalition” Documentary is Now Streaming

The First Rainbow Coalition, a new documentary by filmmaker Ray Santisteban, focuses on the 1969 movement in Chicago where “activists from the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and Young Patriots united African Americans, Latinos, and poor whites to confront police brutality and unfair housing practices in one of America’s most segregated cities.” Premiering last October at the Chicago International Film Festival, The First Rainbow Coalition aired last Monday on PBS and is currently available for streaming through February 26: https://to.pbs.org/2Oqpgzo.


The Lincoln Park Press, 1969 MarchCha-Cha Jimenez at People's ChurchMcCormick Theological Seminary Takeover




Santisteban’s research for the film included visits to DePaul Special Collections and Archives.  In fact, several images in the film come from primary source material in our collections on the Young Lords and Urban Renewal in Lincoln Park!

To see these and other items documenting Lincoln Park’s history, check out our Lincoln Park collections, visit DePaul Special Collections and Archives in room 314 of the John T. Richardson Library, or contact us at libguides.depaul.edu/askspca.

One Reply to ““The First Rainbow Coalition” Documentary is Now Streaming”

  1. Thanks for the great write up. I haven’t seen it yet, but am looking forward to viewing. So wonderful to see the collection finally receiving the use it deserves!

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