Film screening and discussion with the filmmakers, Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg.
From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960s. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.
Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past–making it not just a movie but a movement.
Cosponsored by: The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Prison Studies Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education Office of Student Affairs, Harvard BLSA, Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice