Scott Community College commemorates 1968



It’s been 50 years since that tumultuous year of 1968 when much of the country seemed turned upside down. The public is invited to a number of events next week at Scott Community College (SCC), commemorating that historical year.

During the week, visitors can stop by the information desk outside the Student Life Center to see a timeline of events for 1968. The SCC library also has a collection of magazine articles highlighting many of the major events, individuals and trends of the year.


1968 Week Opening Reception

Monday, October 22
SCC Student Life Center, 500 Belmont Rd., Bettendorf
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Whether nostalgic about a previous time in your life or curious about a decade you never got to experience, all are welcome to this commemoration of the 50th anniversary of 1968, a pivotal watershed in American history.

SCC Instructor Brian Hilton will provide a brief introduction to the events of that year, and will describe the many programs and presentations that participants may attend over the course of the week. Light refreshments will be provided.

Protesting for Social Justice: A Conversation on Methods and Tactics

Tuesday, October 23
SCC Student Life Center
10 – 11 a.m.

Pastor Melvin Grimes, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Moline, and Pastor Dwight Ford, Grace City Life Church, Rock Island, will discuss the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties and how it became torn between those who advocated peaceful civil disobedience and those who desired a more assertive, aggressive, or even violent approach to racial discrimination.

They will also discuss how those issues have evolved since that time and are still present in our current times.

Party Like It’s 1968!

Wednesday, October 24
SCC Student Life Center
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join the fun during this two-hour celebration of the 1960s featuring live music from the Generations Band who will be playing rock and folk hits from the era. For $5 you can learn how to make a tie-dyed t-shirt, hosted by the Fashion Club (t-shirts and dye are provided), and food and desserts will be available for purchase courtesy of PTK and the Student Nursing Club.

Representatives from NextGen will be there to help students register to vote, door prizes will be handed out throughout the event, and a dance floor will be available for anyone who wants to show off their moves!

The Chicago Police Riot of 1968

Thursday, October 25
SCC Student Life Center
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Chicago police department violently clashed with thousands of protestors t the Democratic Convention in August 1968, who had poured into the city in response to many of the pressing social issues of the era. SCC Criminal Justice Instructor Tom McAninch will revisit the violence of that week and reflect on how police forces today perceive and respond to social unrest.

For more information contact the college at 563-441-4001 or 1-800-895-0811.