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  • VOICES OF CRISIS explores the American Race Crisis lecture series held at The New School in 1964. The original series, intended to broaden understanding of the struggle for racial equality, brought leading lights of the civil rights movement to The New School. Speakers included Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, and John Killens. The exhibition and events will carry forward the legacy of this historic series.

    VOICES OF CRISIS Exhibition

    Wednesday, February 12–Thursday, March 6, 2014
    The New School
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    66 Fifth Avenue

    In 1964, The American Race Crisis lectures brought to The New School leading figures from the civil rights movement. Speakers included Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, Louis Lomax, and John Killens, among others. Now, fifty years later, VOICES OF CRISIS tells the story of the American Race Crisis lecture series, featuring exclusive audio from the series.

    Opening reception: Wednesday, February 12, 8:30 p.m.
     

    Reliving the American Race Crisis

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
    The New School
    The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (formerly John L. Tishman Auditorium)

    C.T. Vivian, one of the most respected members of the civil rights movement and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, joins Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, in an open conversation about the struggle for racial equality over the last fifty years. With James Tillman, student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music performing Sam Cooke's, "A Change is Gonna Come." Register now.

    X(CLUDED)

    Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
    Langston Hughes Auditorium, Schomburg Center
    515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York City

    Following his controversial comments about President Kennedy's assassination, Malcolm X was disinvited from The American Race Crisis lecture series. Zaheer Ali, researcher for the late Dr. Manning Marable and former project manager of Columbia's Malcolm X Project, leads a conversation exploring the role of Muslim leaders in the struggle for equality, the impact of X's teachings, and the influence of the Muslim voice over the last fifty years. Featuring Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, former editor and columnist at Newsday and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. With a musical performance led by Alex Claffy, a student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a special performance by Abiodun Oyewole, founding member of The Last Poets. Register now.

    The Crisis Continues

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
    The New School
    John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street)

    How have activists from the civil rights era passed the torch to those fighting for justice and equality today? Join Harry Belafonte, actor, longtime activist, and New School alumnus; Phillip Agnew, director of the Dream Defenders; and Raquel Cepeda, journalist and filmmaker, in conversation with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. The evening will be kicked off by a performance led by Joe Harley, an alumnus of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a special performance by writer, artist, and activist Staceyann Chin. Register now.

    All events are free and open to the public.

    Credits

    All events co-curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library; and The New School.

    Dominque Howse, Event Design and Programming; Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf and Ladi'Sasha Jones, Schomburg Center, Event Co-Curators.

    Exhibition: Miles Kohrman, Curator. Abigail Muir, Exhibition Designer. Produced by the New School Archives & Special Collections. Presented by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.
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    Made possible with support from The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and The University Social Justice Committee.

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