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Public Protest and the First Amendment

Public Protest and the First Amendment draws on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is held during black history month. It focuses on the power and meaning of protests in American civic life and what rights, limits, and risks exist for protesters today. Co-sponsored and hosted by the UIC John Marshall Law School.  

This day-long workshop:

  • Provides high school students with information and skills about First Amendment rights and real-world responsibilities of public protesters.
  • Enables students to gain new skills and insights as they consider what issues may compel non-violent public protest.


For more information on how to participate, please contact Dee Runaas.

Student Participants

Public Protest and the First Amendment is open to students in rostered high school social studies classes in Chicago and the Metropolitan area who have not previously attended this workshop.


Interested students must be approved and registered by their teachers. Up to six students will be accepted per school. A school chaperone is not required for this event. Registration is $25 per student and an invoice can be sent directly to your school upon a student's acceptance. Student lunches will be provided.

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