The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 with Danny Glover and Kathleen Cleaver
Monday, May 5, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
The New School and Haymarket Books present
Danny Glover, Kaltheen Cleaver other special guests discussing the new book:
The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
Edited by Göran Olsson, Featuring Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael, and a foreword by Danny Glover
Free. Seating is first-come, first-served. But registration is required via this Eventbrite.
Doors at 7:30 PM. Book-signing to follow. Music by DJ Charlie Hustle.
A discussion with Danny Glover, Kathleen Cleaver, and Brian Jones, moderated by Michelle Materre.
The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 – 1975 is an extraordinary window into the black freedom struggle in the United States, offering a treasure trove of fresh archival information about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975 and vivid portraits of some of its most dynamic participants, including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael.
The book — like the documentary film that inspired it — includes historical speeches and interviews by: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, and Angela Davis. And it also features new commentary voiced by: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley, Abiodun Oyewole, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, John Forte, and Questlove.
"We have much to learn from these visionary organizers who sought to redefine and re-imagine democracy, whose sense of empowerment derived from the belief that the people could be the architects for change." —Danny Glover, from the preface
About our speakers
In addition to being one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with a career spanning 30 years from Places in the Heart, The Color Purple, the Lethal Weapon series and the award-winning To Sleep with Anger, Danny Glover has also produced, executive produced and financed numerous projects for film, television and theatre. Among these are Good Fences, 3 AM, Freedom Song, Get on the Bus, Deadly Voyage, Buffalo Soldiers, The Saint of Fort Washington, To Sleep with Anger, and Mooladé, as well as the series Courage and America's Dream.
Since co-founding Louverture Films, Glover has executive or co-produced Bamako, Africa United, Trouble the Water, Salt of This Sea, Soundtrack for a Revolution, The Black Power Mixtape, The House I Live In, and Highway.
The recipient of countless awards for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.
Kathleen Cleaver was the first female member of the Black Panther Party's decision-making body. While in the Panthers she was spokesperson, press secretary and communications secretary. Cleaver also organized the national campaign to free Huey Newton, the Party’s minister of defense.
After several years in exile from the United States, Cleaver returned to work on the Eldridge Cleaver Defense Fund, attend Yale University on a full scholarship, and graduate from Yale Law School and is currently a senior lecturer at Emory University School of Law.
Brian Jones taught elementary grades for nine years in New York City’s public schools, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Brian co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and has contributed to the book Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation.
Brian is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators: the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. Brian has also lent his voice to several audiobooks, including The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World and Howard Zinn’s one-man play, Marx in Soho. Brian is the recipient of a 2012 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship. He can be followed at his blog, http://brianpjones.tumblr.com/
Moderator Michelle Materre’s professional background spans more than 25 years experience as film producer, writer, lecturer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer, media consultant, Caribbean film scholar, and college professor. Holding a Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Boston College, Ms. Materre is Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School in New York City where she was awarded the “University Distinguished Teaching Award.” Her critically acclaimed film series, Creatively Speaking, featuring work by and about women and people of color, is now in its 18th year, and also a weekly radio show, Creatively Speaking on the Air on the Black Whole Radio network.
In 1992, Ms. Materre was a co-founder and the Vice President, Creative Affairs of the KJM3 Entertainment Group which directly managed the marketing, positioning and distribution of over twenty-three films by filmmakers of the African Diaspora including the marketing and positioning of the successful theatrical release of Daughters of the Dust, the highly acclaimed film by Julie Dash, as well as L’Homme Sur Les Quais (The Man By the Shore) by Raoul Peck. Ms. Materre is a current member of the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies and a former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television.
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Praise for the book:
"This powerful book linked to the poignant film is a grand contribution to our understanding of contemporary America."
"The photographs are as raw and vital as the words themselves. With no pretense to being fine art, they do what photojournalism does best: give us a face for the disembodied voice that thunders across the page, the words we read with our eyes while they echo in our ears. We see the people whose words and ideas changed the course of the political landscape, forever burning bright in the sky, stars all one and the same. Whether it is a snapshot of a kid challenging the police in Brooklyn in 1968, taken from the vantage point of standing behind the cop’s right shoulder or a shot of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden, Dr. King, Harry Belafonte, Coretta Scott King, and Gunnar Myrdal on the occasion of the awarding of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, we begin to see how it is, from the streets, staring down the opposition, a people rise."
—L'Oeil de la Photographie
Praise for The Black Power Mixtape documentary:
"Addressing what might be thought of as standard historical and contemporary subjects with startlingly radical means... Göran Hugo Olsson’s “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” is a collage of archival footage recorded in America, mostly by Swedish journalists, in the era of African-American militancy. The images, accompanied by present-day voice-over reflections from historians, rappers, artists and veterans of the era’s racial politics, offer revelations about events and personalities we thought we understood completely."
—New York Times
"If one of the roles of documentaries is to record and preserve history, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 admirably performs its duty. Assembled from extraordinary footage uncovered in the Swedish Television archives and augmented by contemporary audio interviews, the film presents a powerful reminder of the black power movement, often neglected, misrepresented or forgotten in this country. This is a film that should be seen by anyone who wants to learn where we’ve come from as a nation. The Black Power Mixtape is not a static, talking heads record of the past."
"A brilliant work of socially-relevant art about race relations... a treasure trove of archival material, new music and stylish editing."
—POV PBS blog
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