Lessons of the Sixties First Document Dump

Lessons of the Sixties First Document Dump

We are collecting artifacts, diaries, flyers, buttons, original notes, pamphlets, personal histories, photos and ephemera for a material archive on the 60s and 70s, to be housed at the Special Collections of the Gelman Library at George Washington University in...
The Movement for Black Lives Will Not Be Criminalized

The Movement for Black Lives Will Not Be Criminalized

There is a particular impact on the psyche that consistent exposure to the extrajudicial executions of Black bodies has, which is that it leaves me either traumatized or numb. Neither is okay. I’ve been trying to make sense of the implications of the past...
How This Became the Era of the Gunman

How This Became the Era of the Gunman

Every era has its representative figure. The Neolithic era had the Farmer. The avatar of the Middle Ages was the Monk, bent over an illuminated manuscript. For the period before and after 1492, the Explorer captured the global imagination. During the Industrial...
Film: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution

Film: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution

Film and discussion about DC’s Black Arts Movement (1968-1974), its message and legacies. Guest speakers THEN & NOW: TONY GITTENS, Co-Founder, Drum & Spear Bookstore | Founder & Director Filmfest DC MICHI JONES, Dancer | Television and Theater...
Film: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Film: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of...
Book Event: This Light of Ours

Book Event: This Light of Ours

The Institute for Policy Studies, with many friends, present a DC based civil rights culmination of icons to wrap up the 50th Anniversary Tribute to Freedom Summer. The core of the book is a selection of 150 black-and-white photographs, representing the work of...
Lessons From the 60s: Traveling Hopefully

Lessons From the 60s: Traveling Hopefully

Join us for a look at the great anti-freeway fight of the 60s and 70s that saved neighborhoods in Brookland, Takoma Park, and the National Mall, and today’s urgent struggles to preserve DC neighborhoods like Ivy City, Barry Farms, and River Terrace. The event is...
A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression

A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression

Just before his death this past Thanksgiving, my friend Lawrence Guyot whispered one last assignment: We must “internationalize” the struggle over the right to vote. Decades ago, our movement to end segregation and extend the full rights of citizenship to...
Film: The Powerbroker – 2nd screening

Film: The Powerbroker – 2nd screening

The Powerbroker tells the story of Whitney Young, who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America’s business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other...
Film: The Powerbroker

Film: The Powerbroker

The Powerbroker tells the story of Whitney Young, who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America’s business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other...
The Roots of Voter Suppression

The Roots of Voter Suppression

When I hear conservatives like Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Alabama State Senator Scott Beason, and Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Representative Mike Turzai try to rationalize their bid to disenfranchise minority, elderly, and student voters, I pivot quickly...

Discussion with Leaders of The U.S. National Council of Elders

On August 22, 2012, over two dozen veterans of the Civil Rights, Women’s, Peace, Environmental, LGBTQ, Immigrant Justice, Labor Rights and other movements of the last sixty years came together to launch the Greensboro Declaration on the profound issues facing...