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Black History Month 2014

Created Equal

Yaba and Davis

Color Without Complex

What exactly is Blackness? What does it mean to be Black? Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? Who determines who is Black and who is not? Who's Black, who's not, and who cares? This discussion will focus on shifting the lens on race - seeking to challenge narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality.

Join Michaela angela Davis and Dr. Yaba Blay for a discussion at NYU Washington, DC starting at 6:30pm with a reception to follow.

Michaela angela Davis

Michaela Angela Davis cares about culture, style and equality. She is an image activist, a writer, conversationalist, editorial director, feminist, fashionista, community servant, and CNN contributor.

Dr. Yaba Blay

Dr. Yaba Blay is a professor, producer, and publisher. As a researcher and ethnographer, she uses personal and social narratives to disrupt fundamental assumptions about cultures and identities. As a cultural worker and producer, she uses images to inform consciousness, incite dialogue, and inspire others into action and transformation.


Film Screening: The Loving Story

When Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races, such laws had been on the books in most states since the seventeenth century. But the Lovings never expected to be woken up in their bedroom in the middle of the night and arrested. The documentary brings to life the Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.

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The Loving Story explores the story behind the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia and the marriage of Mildred and Richard Loving. The film features little known film interviews and photographs shot for Life. Before the screening will be a panel discussion.

Following the screening, join a discussion featuring Bob Bauer and Phil Hirschkop and others to discuss landmark Supreme Court cases that have influenced the way the United States has evolved on issues relating to race, love and gender.

Robert Bauer

In Bob's 30 years of practice, he has provided counseling and representation on matters involving regulation of political activity before the courts and administrative agencies of national party committees, candidates, political committees, individuals, federal officeholders, corporations and trade associations, and tax-exempt groups.

Bob served as White House Counsel to President Obama, and returned to private practice in June 2011. In 2013, the President named Bob to be Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Freedom Riders

Previously February 13 - Postponed due to winter weather.


Exhibition - ONE NIGHT ONLY

Rebekah Jacob Gallery

Film Screening: FREEDOM RIDERS

Attracting a diverse group of volunteers—black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8-mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.

Watch the Trailer

Join the Rebekah Jacob Gallery for a special, one night only, exhibition at NYU Washington, DC.  Photos by Ernest Withers, Bruce Davidson and Bob Adelman will be displayed paired with a special talk and reception by gallery owner Rebekah Jacob at 6pm.

At 6:30pm, join us for a special screening of FREEDOM RIDERS, a film by Stanley Nelson, followed by a panel discussion of the important role photo journalism plays in historical movements.  Panel will include Deborah Willis, Ph. D, NYU Tisch, Arun Chaudhary (TSOA '04), first official videographer of White House, Rebekah Jacob and moderated by Christopher Wilson from the Smithsonian Institution.


This program is in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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