Alice’s Ordinary People

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7:00 pm


Alice’s Ordinary People is a documentary about Alice Tregay – a woman who refused to stand still for injustice. Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. Martin Luther King to the election of Barack Obama, and her contribution to American politics is the thread that connects the two. A unique story in Civil Rights history from a woman’s perspective.

This film (56 min) is available to watch through the Kanopy streaming service if your library subscribes and it is also available to borrow in MAIN on DVD. Patrons are encouraged to watch the film before attending the Zoom program, but the presentation can be enjoyed whether or not you have seen the film.

Our program presenter:
Craig Dudnick is a 1980 graduate of Northwestern University. In 1982, he received a national award for his camerawork on the syndicated television program, PM Magazine. The following year, he founded Imagine Video Productions®, working for clients from Europe, Japan, and at ABC News.

While an undergraduate at Northwestern, Craig grew close to Mrs. Viola Hillsman, with whom he worked in the kitchen of a campus fraternity, and her husband Tinsley. His lifelong friendship with the couple was the subject of a feature on the NPR radio program, “The Story with Dick Gordon” and led to the creation of his documentary about racism in Illinois titled Evanston’s Living History. Fellow Evanstonian Alice Tregay liked the film and asked Craig to make a second documentary–this one about the Chicago Freedom Movement. The result was Alice’s Ordinary People. Alice’s Ordinary People and Evanston’s Living History have been acquired by hundreds of public and university libraries worldwide.