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Candidate Featured In Netflix Documentary Comes To UIS

Cori Bush, civil rights leader and St. Louis area congressional candidate, is speaking at UIS following a 6 p.m. February 20 showing of the documentary Knock Down The House.
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Cori Bush, civil rights leader and St. Louis area congressional candidate, is speaking at UIS following a 6 p.m. February 20 showing of the documentary Knock Down The House.

One of the four women featured in the award-winning documentary Knock Down the House will be at UIS Thursday.

 Cori Bush is running for Congress in a St. Louis area district. Knock Down the House followed her during her campaign in 2018 to become Missouri’s first black congresswoman. She will speak following a showing of the film at 6 p.m. Thursday at Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library.

Bush said she was inspired to run for Congress following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen who was shot by police. Bush, a nurse and pastor, also became an ardent activist, leading protests and other civil rights actions in Missouri and throughout the country. She has directed Truth Telling, an international antiviolence campaign.

The event is sponsored to by the New Voices in Racial Justice Series, the UIS Diversity Center, the Women’s Center and the Department of Philosophy.

 

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Maureen Foertsch McKinney is the NPR Illinois News Editor and a lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers, and is curator of the Equity blog. Maureen joined the staff in 1998 as projects editor. Previously, she worked at three Illinois daily newspapers, most recently the suburban Chicago-based Daily Herald, where she served stints as an education reporter and copy editor. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's in journalism. She also has a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.