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Film Screening

Partner Event | Screening of “Mikva! Democracy is a Verb”

Thursday, February 16

Be among the first to witness the public debut of a portion of Abner Mikva’s taped interview for We Don’t Want Nobody Nobody Sent (1979), Milton L. Rakove’s classic oral history of Chicago’s Democratic machine. Neither Rakove’s book nor the documentary name the machine official who dismissed Mikva with those iconic words when Mikva tried to volunteer for the Adlai Stevenson II/Paul Douglas ticket in 1948. When you hear the tape, you will understand why.

This Emmy-nominated documentary depicts Mikva’s epic career in the Illinois legislature, all three branches of the federal government, as a mentor to Barack Obama, and as cofounder with his wife Zoe of the Mikva Challenge, a national youth advocacy organization. Following the screening is a panel discussion with Peabody award–winning director Bob Hercules, Con. Jan Schakowsky, Mikva Challenge students, and special guests.

$25 general admission; $20 CHM members; $10 students with valid ID at check-in.
Proceeds will go to Mikva Challenge.


5:00 p.m. – Open bar and reception with appetizers
6:00 p.m. – Screening begins with panel discussion to follow
8:00 p.m. – Open bar closes

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Abner Mikva with Ted Kennedy.
Abner Mikva with Walter F. Mondale.
Mikva at a campaign rally with Jimmy Carter.

The Details



16 th

5:00–8:00 p.m.



$ 25

$20 Members

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

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