In 1968 a Chicago-based gang announced they were now a civil and human rights organization. Called The Young Lords, they became a vital radical force for social change within the US, with chapters and offices operating out of Chicago, New York City, Boston, Bridgeport, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. They were inspired by the activism spearheaded by the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, the international anti-colonial movements of the 1950s and 60s, the Black Power and Civil Rights movements, and the teachings of Malcom X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Albizu Campos, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung, and Frantz Fanon, among others. The organization undertook aggressive social actions that impacted public policy and the political culture of organizing. The course will examine the organization's intersectional activism, ideology, and political programs. The course will feature guest speakers, movie screenings, numerous fieldtrips, and primary archival research.