A host family and student shared more than smiles in Southern Student Program, circa 1963.
Pairing Southern Students with Northern Families Taught Everyone
AFSC’s deep involvement with the civil rights movement includes a unique program born in 1957, when a violent backlash began against the civil rights movement to desegregate the South. AFSC staff and supporters were deeply concerned by the resistance to integrated schools, believing “access to the best knowledge available” is a right for all people. Thus the Southern Student Program was created.
In this 1996 file photo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stands with Kathleen McQuillen after an economic justice forum in Des Moines. Kathleen is the program coordinator for AFSC Iowa. For a slidewshow of photos from a 2011 progressives forum featuring Jesse Jackson, click here.
How would you feel if you were asked to fill in for Jesse Jackson on a civil rights panel? Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, knows the feeling and describes it as “humbling.”
"Brother Outsider" tells the story of Bayard Rustin, disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., architect of the 1963 March on Washington, and a man who lived an openly gay life during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. The film is shown as part of the Culture of Peace Film Series, brought to you by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, NH Peace Action, the Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob, and the NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates. Join us for the film and discussion. Admission is free.
From the collection "Can You Hear me Now" by F. Geoffrey Johnson
Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
CURRENTS is a visual art exhibit featuring works by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren. The exhibit features works by two men from two very different generations. Geoffrey is in his 60’s grew up influenced by “Jim Crow” laws and the Civil Rights Movement; while Kerly in his thirties sites the influence of Hip-Hop culture as a major factor in shaping his sense of identity and politics.
Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 7:00pm - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 10:00pm
CURRENTS: Black Men's Cultural Activism - A Visual Arts Exhibit, with poetry, music and film is a visual art exhibit featuring artworks by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren. The exhibit features works by two men from two very different generations. Geoffrey is in his 60’s grew up influenced by “Jim Crow” laws and the Civil Rights Movement; while Kerly in his thirties sites the influence of Hip-Hop culture as a major factor in shaping his sense of identity and politics.
Moderators ask questions during trivia nights in Northhampton, MA
How would you score in a civil rights trivia game covering topics such as immigration, domestic surveillance and racial profiling by police departments? Nearly 30 people, many of them area college students, found out at an AFSC-sponsored trivia night at the Yellow Sofa Café in Northampton, MA on August 3.
Following a screening of the new documentary about the life and music of Phil Ochs, Maggie Fogarty of the AFSC will lead a discussion with Jim Kates. Jim was a volunteer in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964 and later was active in the movement against the US war in Vietnam. He is a poet, literary translator, and publisher of the re-issued "Letters from Mississippi." Check the Red River website to confirm time and ticket prices.
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