Last Thursday, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum hosted a Mass Meeting that mixed the songs of the Civil Rights Movement with the voices and perspectives of activists, historians and Queens College students. The discussions focused on locating connections between the legacy of 1960’s Civil Rights efforts and present-day Civil Rights concerns of the student body.
Speakers included filmmaker Stacey Holman (contributor to PBS documentaries on the Freedom Riders, Freedom Summer, and Jesse Owens), Freedom Summer volunteer Mark Levy, Queens College Professor Dr. Miles Grier, and Candice Sering of GABRIELA NY.
The show was the premiere of a video collaboration with me and Ryan Smith that used documents and photos from the college's Civil Rights Archive to tell the story of the grassroots organizing that led to Freedom Summer.
The event was sponsored by the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program & the Queens College Civil Rights Initiative.
Check out some still from the opening...