Note below from organizers of Saul Alinsky centennial celebrations. Alinsky's organizing work influenced President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
SAUL ALINSKY CENTENNIAL KICKOFF FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, NOON TO 2PM,
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO QUADRANGLE CLUB
Saul Alinsky's friends and disciples are holding a Saul Alinsky centennial
kickoff luncheon and birthday celebration at the University of Chicago
Quadrangle Club on January 30, Alinsky's birth date. We'll have a program of
recollections and stories--Saul's son, David, is coming in from Boston;
syndicated columnist Georgie Ann Geyer, a friend of Saul's from the Southwest
Side, is coming from DC; Fred Ross, Jr. from California; Sanford Horwitt,
Alinsky's biographer; and, of course lots of Chicago folks, including Bishop
Arthur Brazier from Woodlawn and Alinsky's University of Chicago classmate, Len
Despres (he'll be 101 next month).
Beyond the birthday lunch, we are encouraging academics, nonprofits and others
around the country to organize forums and conferences throughout 2009 focusing
on community organizing past, present and future, from Alinsky to Obama and
I have attached a list of the national centennial committee
members.--Sandy Horwitt (703-200-4791)
"We the people will work out our own destiny."