The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 with Danny Glover, Kathleen Cleaver, and Brian Jones
Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
The New School and Haymarket Books present:
Danny Glover, Kathleen Cleaver, and Brian Jones discussing the new book: The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975. Moderated by School of Media Studies Assistant Professor, Michelle Materre.
Edited by Göran Olsson, Featuring Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael, and a foreword by Danny Glover.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Book-signing to follow. Music by DJ Charlie Hustle.
The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 – 1975 is an extraordinary window into the black freedom struggle in the United States, offering a treasure trove of fresh archival information about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975 and vivid portraits of some of its most dynamic participants, including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael. The book — like the documentary film that inspired it — includes historical speeches and interviews by: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, and Angela Davis. And it also features new commentary voiced by: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley, Abiodun Oyewole, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, John Forte, and Questlove.
"We have much to learn from these visionary organizers who sought to redefine and re-imagine democracy, whose sense of empowerment derived from the belief that the people could be the architects for change." —Danny Glover, from the preface
In addition to being one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with a career spanning 30 years from Places in the Heart, The Color Purple, the Lethal Weapon series and the award-winning To Sleep with Anger, Danny Glover has also produced, executive produced and financed numerous projects for film, television and theatre. Among these are Good Fences, 3 AM, Freedom Song, Get on the Bus, Deadly Voyage, Buffalo Soldiers, The Saint of Fort Washington, To Sleep with Anger, and Mooladé, as well as the series Courage and America's Dream. Since co-founding Louverture Films, Glover has executive or co-produced Bamako, Africa United, Trouble the Water, Salt of This Sea, Soundtrack for a Revolution, The Black Power Mixtape, The House I Live In, and Highway. The recipient of countless awards for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.
Kathleen Cleaver, J.D. Yale University, 1989, is a Senior Lecturer at Emory Law School. A former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, Professor Cleaver has been a participant in the human rights struggle for most of her life. Along with George Katsiaficas, she co-edited Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party (2001), and her essays have appeared in Critical Race Feminism, Critical White Studies, The Promise of Multiculturalism, and The Black Panther Party Reconsidered, in addition to numerous magazines and newspapers. Among other grants and fellowships, Professor Cleaver is the recipient of support from the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library to complete her book, Memories of Love and War. She has taught legal ethics, litigation, torts, a legal history seminar entitled "The American Law of Slavery and Anti-Slavery," as well as a course on Women in the Black Freedom Movement. Cleaver also teaches a graduate seminar in American Legal History on the law of citizenship and race.
Activist and educator Brian Jones taught elementary grades for nine years in New York City’s public schools, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Brian co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and has contributed to the book Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators: the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. Brian has also lent his voice to several audiobooks, including The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World and Howard Zinn’s one-man play, Marx in Soho. Brian is the recipient of a 2012 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.
Moderator Michelle Materre’s professional background spans more than 25 years experience as film producer, writer, lecturer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer, media consultant, Caribbean film scholar, and college professor. Holding a Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Boston College, Ms. Materre is assistant professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School in New York City where she was awarded the “University Distinguished Teaching Award.” Her critically acclaimed film series, Creatively Speaking, featuring work by and about women and people of color, is now in its 18th year, and also a weekly radio show, Creatively Speaking on the Air on the Black Whole Radio network. In 1992, Ms. Materre was a co-founder and the Vice President, Creative Affairs of the KJM3 Entertainment Group which directly managed the marketing, positioning and distribution of over twenty-three films by filmmakers of the African Diaspora including the marketing and positioning of the successful theatrical release of Daughters of the Dust, the highly acclaimed film by Julie Dash, as well as L’Homme Sur Les Quais (The Man By the Shore) by Raoul Peck. Ms. Materre is a current member of the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies and a former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television.
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