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The First Rainbow Coalition


Join us Sun, Dec. 1 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library for a free screening of the film The First Rainbow Coalition. Guests are invited to remain after the screening to participate in a community conversation lead by the Race Unity Group.

Sun, Dec. 1 at 2:30pm

Carbondale Public Library
(405 W. Main St., Carbondale, IL | Map)

Join us for a free film screening and discussion


The First Rainbow Coalition, produced and directed by Ray Santisteban, charts the history and enduring legacy of the groundbreaking multi-ethnic coalition that rocked Chicago in the 1960’s. Through rare archival footage and interviews with former coalition members, the film follows the group’s efforts to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing as well as the organization’s collapse under the weight of relentless harassment by local and federal law enforcement. Learn more.

Ray Santisteban has worked for the past twenty-six years as a documentary filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. His work consistently gravitates toward political subjects and artist profiles, addressing the themes of justice, memory and political transformation. A graduate of NYU’s film and TV production program, he has explored a variety of subjects including New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad - Passin’ It On (Co-Producer), the roots of Puerto Rican poetry, Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1994, Director, Producer, Editor), Chicano poetry, Voices From Texas (Directed, Producer) and was Senior Producer of Visiones: Latino Art and Culture in the U.S. a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in Oct. 2004. Awards garnered include: a 1992 Student Academy Award (information division), a 1996 “Ideas In Action” Award from the National Tele-Media Alliance, a 1996 “Faculty of the Year” Award from the Chicano Studies Program, UW Madison, a 2016 San Antonio Artists Foundation Filmmaker Award, and a 2016 Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence. Since 1998, he has been based in San Antonio, Texas (ITVS). Learn more.

Race Unity Group community members meet on Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm at the Newman Center in Carbondale for “Continuing the Conversation.” Race Unity Group’s purpose is to build an interracial community based on listening respectfully to each other’s life stories. As we listen to one another, we will be building a community that strengthens our understanding and compassion for one another.
Learn more

The First Rainbow Coalition Discussion Guide (PDF)