Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Looking for Liberty: The Lessons of the Civil Rights/Black Power Movements & How We Pick Up Where We Left Off

Looking for Liberty: The Lessons of the Civil Rights/Black Power Movements & How We Pick Up Where We Left Off Before there was Ferguson, there was Liberty City. Join us for an evening of performance and dialogue around America's battle with race, and strategies for healing.

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July 27 2015
New York Theater Workshop

The evening will begin with a performance of Liberty City inspired by April’s childhood in 1970s Miami and her family’s journey through the end of the Black Power movement culminating in Miami's 1981 Race Riots.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin, professor of English and comparative literature and African American Studies at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research in African American studies.

In addition to editing several collections of letters and essays she is the author of Who Set You Flowin’: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever(Thomas Dunne, 2008). She is also the editor of Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus (Knopf, 1999) co-editor, with Cheryl Fish, of Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing (Beacon, 1998) and co-editor with Brent Edwards and Robert O’Meally of Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies(Columbia University Press, 2004). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Callaloo, and African American Review, and she is also a frequent commentator on WNPR’s News & Notes.

Farah received her B.A. from Harvard (1985) and Ph.D.from Yale (1992). Professor Griffin’s major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, history and politics. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 2006-2007 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

The panel consists of artists who use their creative content in political ways. Whether, it's by writing political plays, teaching workshops on civil rights organizing, leveling the playing field by developing interactive curriculum on white priviledge and how white and black activists can organize effectively to take on structural racism.

Panelists include: Actor/Writer/Activist, Mia Anderson
Actor/Writer/Producer, Jessica Blank (Exonerated)
Actor/Writer/Activist Chelsea Gregory
Actor/Writer/Producer April Yvette Thompson

LookingforLiberty Team: Looking for Liberty Team: Mia Anderson, Jessica Blank, Andrea Ciannavei, Chelsea Gregory & April Yvette Thompson

Read more here: https://www.aprilyvettethompson.com/looking-for-liberty-a-performance--panel-discussion.html


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