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Power to the People: Activism in the 1970s
October 9, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Civil Rights marches of the 1950s and early 1960s and the anti-war protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s may have been more dramatic, but a quieter kind of citizen activism in the Linden Hills neighborhood during the 1970s caused residents to band together to make their voices heard by city and county governments.
A panel of local residents, led by Linda Lounsbury, will talk about how they “fought City Hall” and how they won or lost their causes.
- Carol Vaubel, one of the founders of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, organized meetings to get residents involved in changes to parks and streets.
- Mike Miller, a past PTA president, advocated saving the Lake Harriet School.
- Don Hawkinson, a local business owner, was president of the Linden Hills Business Association and active in other causes.
- Tom Neiman, founder of the Southwest Community Education Program, grew up in a family that initiated numerous activities and organizations to improve their community.
Their commitment to community participation and causes helped make Linden Hills what it is today.