Bellingham Public Library is hosting a free lecture series, “Intolerance & Injustice: Where We’ve Been, What We’ve Learned,” in April that explores issues of injustice and intolerance in Whatcom County.
Each lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in the downtown library’s lecture room, 210 Central Ave.
• April 2: “Purge & Prejudice: The 1907 Bellingham Anti-Hindu Riot,” presented by Paul Englesberg, is a multimedia exploration of the 1907 riot in Bellingham that drove away hundreds of Asian immigrant workers, most of them Sikhs from India, and includes analysis of the causes and consequences of the riot, illustrations from archival sources, and a screening of the 15-minute documentary “We’re Not Strangers.”
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• April 8: “Free Speech, Free Love & Costly Politics: Bellingham’s Own Private Red Scare,” presented by reporter and author Ron C. Judd, describes the virulent political climate in 1930s Bellingham, which was well ahead of its time in the “Red Scare” politics that would sweep the nation during the Cold War.
• April 15: “Mid-Century Dream to Today’s Reality: All the Ways that Race Still Matters,” is presented by Western Washington University professor and author Vernon Damani Johnson, who will explore the ideas and expectations set forth at mid-20th century, when the Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action and other initiatives were initially conceived. He will contrast them with recent events and challenges to equal opportunity and justice for all.