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Music of the Civil Rights Movement
David Borgo
University of California, San Diego

Dr. David Borgo, Quartet – Kyle Motl, Tobin Chodos, Juan Rubio (University of California, San Diego, Music Dept.) Perform a selection of Civil Rights Era Music. The set list begins with “Freedom Suite” composed by Sonny Rollins and arranged by David S. Ware, followed by Charles Mingus’ “Fables of Faubus,” and will conclude with John Coltrane’s “Alabama.” This list focuses on jazz from the era and will be accompanied by commentary on each piece.

Hollywood Speaks to the civil Rights Movement
Dr. Ricardo Guthrie
Northern Arizona University

“Boycott and the Hidden Transcript of Black Resistance.” This talk includes a brief screening of segments from the 2001 Biopic of Martin Luther King, Jr. portrayed by Jeffrey Wright, revolving around the public bus boycotts lead by King during the 1950s Civil Rights movement from the HBO film “Boycott.”

The Civil Rights Movement: Lessons Learned in the United States and Abroad
Bennetta Jules-Rosette
University of California, San Diego

This brief talk addresses the lessons learned about mobilization and social justice from the U.S. Civil Rights movement and the results of its internationalization as a movement for global human rights. In the United States, the Civil Rights movement began with legal challenges to education, employment, and housing conditions led by Charles Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and their crew of students and colleagues. As the movement spread in its populist form, it assumed new dimensions and engendered a new set of conflicts, legacies, and challenges. The concluding question to be raised is how the movement continues to model and inspire international human rights struggles around the world and which of its legacies are most prominent and useful.

Writing the Civil Rights Movement
Dr. Wanda G. Addison
National University

“Fiction as Personal Narrative: Expressions of Struggle in African American Fiction.” The talk discusses representations of personal struggles for civil rights in fictional works of the period. These works capture aspects of the movement’s folklore in the broader context of quotidian life and experiences of African Americans.

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