1968: The Heart of the Matter

Upcoming Programs commemorating 50 years ago when the United States was marked by several major historical events. It is often considered to be one of the most turbulent years of the 20th century.

Songs of Protest and the Working Class
Thursday, May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the Historic Pump House

Join singer/songwriters Tom Breiding,  musician in residence for the UMWA; Jason Kendall, whose introspective and melodic songs are influenced by Chet Baker to Bob Dylan and the Beatles; and Mike Stout, songwriter of stories about working class heroes; for an evening of original compositions of working class ballads and protest songs about the tumultuous year 1968.

The Heart of the Matter, Youth Revolt-Global Solidarity 1968, 50 Years After
Saturday, May 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Historic Pump House

Fifty years ago the global world order was shaken by a dramatic series of events: the Tet Offensive in Vietnam; the assassinations of Martin Luther King during the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ strike and Robert Kennedy following California presidential primary victory; Black rebellions in Detroit and other American cities including Pittsburgh; the Paris student revolt; the Czech Spring and its suppression by Russian tanks; mass protests at the Democratic Convention in Chicago; the massacre of hundreds of students in Mexico City prior to the Olympics where medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised the Black Power salute.

This program invites discussion between participants and those impacted by 1968 and a generation of young activists facing a new global crisis.


Vietnam: A Working Class War
Saturday, September 15,  @ 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the CCAC Allegheny Campus and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Join in a participative round table led by Charlie McCollester, Ph.D. of lived experiences from elders to stimulate dialogue with young activists who themselves are facing a new global crisis. The impact of the Prague Spring, Vietnam Tet Offensive, My Lai Massacre, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy assassinations, Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia and American political upheaval on a generation coming of age.Co-sponsored with the Pennsylvania Labor History Society.