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VOICES OF CRISIS: The American Race Crisis Lectures, The New School, 1964 - EXHIBITION

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

Opening reception to be held in galleries immediately following the February 12 event.

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. Through photographs, documents, transcripts, and audio recordings, including a question and answer with Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibition sheds light on the behind-the-scenes context of these historic lectures.

Gallery hours: 12 noon until 6 p.m. daily, open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.  Galleries closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day.

VOICES OF CRISIS is an extension of Eugene Lang College alumnus Miles Kohrman’s senior thesis.

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.

Made possible with support from: The New School Archives & Special Collections; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library; The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music; The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design; The New School University Student Senate; The University Social Justice Committee.


///Be sure to join us at other events in this series:

VOICES OF CRISIS: Reliving the American Race Crisis
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
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-ended 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.”

Thursday, February 20, 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. Join a conversation with Zaheer Ali, researcher for the late Dr. Manning Marable and former project manager of Columbia's Malcolm X Project and Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, former editor and columnist at Newsday and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists 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. 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.

VOICES OF CRISIS: The Crisis Continues
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
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 and longtime activist; 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.



Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions, Exhibitions and Openings


General Public


Sheila C. Johnson Design Center


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, International and Global, Politics, Policy and Government, Education and Learning, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas


Parsons School of Design


History, Humanities, Social Sciences, Storytelling and Communication, Social Justice, Documentaries



The exhibition is free; no registration required. For registration information for other events in the series, please visit the calendar listing for those events.

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