From the Emancipation Proclamation to the Election of Barack Obama and the Death of Trayvon Martin
November 7-8, 2013
Student Center Theater Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus
In 1903, the 40th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, W.E.B. DuBois wrote, “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line” (The Souls of Black Folk). At the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. declared: “But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic face that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. As Americans commemorate these anniversaries , we contemplate how far the nation has come in its quest to become a more equal society.
Conference Co-Directors: Michael D’Innocenzo Professor of History and The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change
Cheryl Mwaria Professor of Anthropology Chair, Department of Anthropology Director of African Studies
Alan Singer Director, Secondary Education Social Studies Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership Hofstra University School of Education
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
9:35-11 a.m., Session I: What Does John F. Kennedy’s Call to Public Service Mean for American Youth Today? Panel discussion on presidential leadership and public service. Howard B. Dean III, Chairman, Democratic National Committee, 2005-2009 Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Hofstra University
Edward J. Rollins, Political Strategist Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Hofstra University
Scott D. Reich, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Author, The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation
Presented by the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Session II: Slavery on Long Island, Part I Panelists: Sandi Brewster-walker, Independent Genealogist and Historian, Annapolis, MD Claude J. Magnum, Professor Emeritus, Fordham University Joysetta & Julius Pearse, African American Museum and Center for Education and Applied Arts Kathleen Velsor, SUNY Old Westbury Debra A. Willett, Hofstra University
1 -2 p.m., LUNCH (on your own) Session III: Film showing: The March The March is the feature documentary on the renowned and historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A watershed moment of the civil rights movement, the march brought together a huge coalition of powerful and revered civil rights organizations, labor unions, and civil rights leaders. It was to become the biggest civil protest in American history.
2:30 – 4 p.m., Session IV: Film Showing: Slavery and the Law Slavery and the Law is a captivating documentary that follows a group of Brooklyn youth as they work to create a wall mural that commemorates the shift from enslavement to the Civil Rights Movement. The legal implications of slavery are documented in the film by looking at the Three Fifths Compromise in the United States Constitution and the Fugitive Slave Act. Commentary: Gloria Browne-Marshall, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY Joan B. Gabbidon, Kings County District Attorney’s Office Alan Singer, Hofstra University
4:30-6 p.m., Session V: Slavery and the Law: From Emancipation Proclamation to Barack Obama to Trayvon Martin The panel addresses the continuing racial disparity in America pertaining to the justice system, including the recent decision in the Voting Rights Act and the new forms of slavery. Introduction: Mark Atkinson, Class of 2015 Department of Rhetoric, Hofstra University Panelists: Jonathan Lightfoot, Hofstra University Gloria Browne-Marshall, John Jay College, CUNY Randolph McLaughlin, Pace University Grant Hayden, Hofstra University Jason E. Starr, Nassau County Chapter New York Civil Liberties Union
6-7:30 p.m., DINNER BREAK (on your own) Session VI: Film Showing – The Abolitionists Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate antislavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Introduction:Andor Skotnes, The Sage Colleges
7:30 p.m., KEYNOTE ADDRESS (100)50 Years: At the Crossroads of Jobs, Freedom and Equality
Roslyn Brock Chairman, National Board of Directors National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Co-sponsored by Hofstra NAACP Chapter, Hofstra Black and Hispanic Alumni Association, New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) Program
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013
10-11:30 a.m., Session VII Introduction: Cheryl Mwaria, Hofstra University
History and Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation Andor Skotnes, The Sage Colleges
Lincoln and Gettysburg Alan Singer, Hofstra University
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.LUNCH (on your own) Session VIII: Film Showing – Underground Railroad: The William Still Story The William Still Story tells the dramatic story of one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to “Freedom’s Land,” smuggling them across the U.S. border to Canada. In his 14 years in the service of the Underground Railroad, he helped nearly 800 former slaves escape. Introduction: Roosevelt Smith, Hofstra University
12:45-2:15 p.m., Session IX: Slavery on Long Island, Part II Introduction: Cheryl Mwaria, Hofstra University Lynda Day, Brooklyn College, CUNY Georgette Grier-Key,Eastville Community Historical Society Allison Manfra McGovern, The Graduate Center, CUNY Alan Singer, Hofstra University
Main Dining Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Slavery and New York
In commemoration of the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. Items on display were created by the freshman seminar Anthropology 14F class, and middle school students from Lawrence Road Middle School, Hempstead NY and Uniondale Middle School, Uniondale, New York. Items on display focuses on the history of slavery, abolition and struggle for Civil Rights Teachers: Richard Tauber, April Francis and Kiesha Wilburn.
Thursday, November 7th, 11 a.m.-6p.m. and Friday, November 8th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lobby, Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
A Celebration of America's Black Heritage Through Documents, Artifacts, and Collectibles from 1600 to the Present
This presentation commences from the 1600s and tells, in part, their story through a collection of historical artifacts. These artifacts contain actual images, engravings and literature outlining the obstacles that took place towards the African culture brought to America, during its development. The collection also entails how Africans shaped their destiny by grasping the adjustment, which had to be made, and harnessed the power of control for themselves, to subsequently pass on the lessons and folklore onto their children, who became Americans. Items on display include -- Middle Passage Shackles, ca. 1700's; Manila Slave Bracelets 15th century; Wrought Iron Collar, African engravings, ca. 1700's
Intergenerational round-table discussions to follow, 12:30-2 p.m. in 246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus. Round-tables will address topics such as Electoral College/National Voter Project; Inequality; Poverty and the Wealth Gap; Protest and Reform; and The Role of the Judiciary. (Pre-registration is required; space is limited.) For more information and to register, visit hofstra.edu/culture or call (516) 463-5669.
Hofstra Association of Black Journalists (HABJ) presents A Conversation with Cheryl Wills In her book Die Free: A Heroic Family History, Ms. Wills talks about her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, who served in the Civil War as a member of the United States Colored Troops, and her father, Clarence Wills, the first black firefighter at Engine 1/Ladder 24 – the oldest engine company in Manhattan. Speaker: Cheryl Wills, NY 1 News Anchor Date/Time: Monday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. Location: Plaza Room West, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus
For more information on the above event, please contact Claudia Balthazar, President, HABJ at email@example.com.
Hofstra NAACP Chapter presents
Modern Day Slavery: Human Trafficking in the U.S.
6 p.m. Documentary Showing Very Young Girls - a documentary film that chronicles the journey of young women through the underground
world of sexual exploitation in NYC.
8 p.m., Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery Panel
Professor Linda Longmire, Global Studies and Geography Professor Kari Jensen, Global Studies and Geography Professor Gregory Maney, Sociology
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Plaza Room West, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus
On the Front Line With The Little Rock Nine: A Conversation with Ernest Green Civil Rights Activist and Graduate of Central High School
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 5, 2-13 at 7 p.m. Location: Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Black Student Union and The Pride Networkpresents REAL TALK: EMANCIPATE ALL [PDF] A discussion as both groups look at gay rights, and how it is parallel civil rights movement, how some American school districts is the new segregation of class and demographics, and as a society what do we have to do to gain equality for all.
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 8 p.m. Location: Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus Admission: Free
Hofstra University Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University® in cooperation with the Hofstra Cultural Center presents a panel discussion THE CHALLENGES OF EMANCIPATION IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD
Benjamin Talton, Temple University Defending the Political Kingdom: Capitalism, Humanitarianism and the Limits of African Sovereignty in the 20th Century
Enrique Martino, Humboldt University of Berlin Author, Enduring Atlantic Economies in the 20th Century: Nigerian Indentured Labour on the Plantation Island of Fernando Po
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University Defending Slavery in an Age of Emancipation: Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico in the Early Nineteenth Century
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 13, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour) Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
For more information please contact Benita Sampedro via email.
Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with the Black Student Union Collegiate Women of Color NAACP Hofstra Chapter NOAH Program present a lecture and book signing
Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities Craig Steven Wilder Professor and Head of History Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Wilder documents the uncomfortable truth of the inextricable tie between slavery and the ivory tower, how venerable colleges, including Harvard, Princeton, William and Mary, Yale, and others, vied for the attention, land, sons, and money of plantation owners. Slavery provided financial support to the colleges and secure career prospects for many of their graduates, and many colleges owned slaves used for work, trade, and sale. What began for many universities as an ostensible mission of civilizing savages—Native Americans and Africans—later morphed into support for the establishment and development of colonies and territorial expansion. In the growing debate about slavery, abolition, and the movement to return Africans to Africa, prestigious universities and scholars helped to frame and address questions of theology, economics, medicine, history, and other areas of study in the growing debate around the issue, many legitimizing slavery and racism even as they benefited from it.
Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library First Floor, South Campus Admission: Free
For more information please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669.
African Studies Program
Black and Hispanic Alumni Association
Black Student Union
Center for Civic Engagement
Collegiate Women of Color
Department of Anthropology
Department of Global Studies and Geography
Department of History
Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership
Hofstra Association of Black Journalists
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program
NAACP Hofstra Chapter
National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®
New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) Program
Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs
Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency