Film and Lecture “Policing Black Activism” Program
The program will begin with a screening of Eyes on the Prize II: A Nation of Law? (1968-1971) followed by a panel discussion. All are welcome and encouraged to join in this discussion of how Black activism has been historically treated by the authorities. Co-sponsors include the Missouri History Museum, the Washington University Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, the Washington University African and African American Studies Program, and the Washington University Libraries.
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“This program is part of a series of events in preparation for the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, opening in January 2010. The Missouri History Museum, in conjunction with the St. Louis Beacon and KETC/Channel 9, presents monthly programs addressing issues related to race in the region and nation-wide.”
Monday, November 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium – (Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park)
Free and Open to the Public
“Policing Black Activism”
Sowande’ Mustakeem, having earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Black History from Michigan State University in 2008, Dr. Mustakeem is an Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in History and Visiting Lecturer in the African and African-American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests include African-American History and Culture, Black Women’s History, Studies of Slavery and the Slave Trade, as well as the historical trauma of terror and violence within the African Diaspora. Mustakeem’s most recent publication is: “I Never Have Such a Sickly Ship Before”: Diet, Disease, and Mortality in 18th – Century Atlantic Slaving Voyages. Journal of African American History; 2008 93(4): 474-496.
Percy Green, (Washington University Alum; MSW, 1976) St. Louis civil rights activist and early member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the civil rights organization which was active in St. Louis in the 1960s. Green founded the organization Action Council to Improve Opportunities for Negroes (ACTION) which was “committed to direct-action protest,” to achieve the goal of gaining better paying jobs for African-Americans.
Jamala Rogers, columnist and community organizer, has been an activist since her college days where she was a leader of the black student organization. In 1980 she co-founded the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) to help the black working class operationalize the principles of Black Power. More recently, she has worked with organizations such as the Black Radical Congress (BRC), Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CAPCR) and The Justice Institute.
Norman Seay, civil rights activist and founding member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in St. Louis, Seay spent 90 days in jail during the 1963 boycott against the Jefferson Bank and Trust. He marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and is the founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee. More recently Mr. Seay has served as Director Emeritus of the Office of Equal Opportunity at the University of Missouri, on the Executive Committee of the St. Louis NAACP, and as President of the Federation of Block Units of Metropolitan St. Louis (St. Louis Urban League).