On Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2:30 - 4:30, the ACLU of Missouri will celebrate our 100th anniversary at Washington University's Olin Library. No tickets are required, but please RSVP to Josh Cornier at jcornier@aclu-mo.org or (314) 669-3416.

For the past three years, Washington University's Olin Library's expert archivists and fastidious interns poured through our archives. (Read the interns' stories here.) They've curated a fascinating dive into our history.

We hope you join us.

We will honor the people who fought with us over the last century. We are especially thrilled to give an award to Joyce Armstrong, our first Executive Director, who served for 25 years. We go on today because of Joyce and other activists.

And, we’ll have button making and story reading for kids, plus snacks and drinks.

Parking is free in any Washington University garage (Danforth University Center garage recommended) for visitors who will be parking on campus during weekends (between 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday). Visitors are permitted to park in yellow zones without displaying a parking permit. For more information on parking and for directions to John M. Olin Library, go here. If you need special accomodations for accessibility, please contact Nicole Rainey at nrainey@aclu-mo.org or (314) 669-3419.

The American Civil Liberties Union was formed in 1920 by Roger Baldwin. Baldwin moved to St. Louis in 1906 where he taught the first course in sociology at Washington University.

In 1916, Baldwin joined the St. Louis Affiliate of the American Union Against Militarism; and in spring of 1917 he resigned to join the AUAM National Directing Committee. In 1918, a small group of St. Louisians formed the St. Louis Civil Liberties Committee (SLCLC), described as a “permanent non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to defending the liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights."

That group eventually became the ACLU of Missouri Foundation and now fights to protect the rights of all Missourians.

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