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Candidate Featured In Netflix Documentary Comes To UIS

Courtesy of RIchard Riley
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.


Maureen Foertsch McKinney is news editor and equity and justice beat reporter for NPR Illinois, where she has been on the staff since 2014 after Illinois Issues magazine’s merger with the station. She joined the magazine’s staff in 1998 as projects editor and became managing editor in 2003. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois Springfield, she was an education reporter and copy editor at three local newspapers, including the suburban Chicago Daily Herald, She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in English from UIS.
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