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Fighting for Justice - New York Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

Advisory Committee
Tom A. Bernstein
President and Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers, L.P.; a principal of Silver Screen Management, Inc. and affiliated Silver Screen companies; Vice-Chair of Human Rights First and presidential appointee to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C (Chair of the Committee on Conscience). He also serves on the Board of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Dr. Martha Biondi
Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University. Authored To Stand and Fight: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City, which won Harvard's Thomas J. Wilson Prize and the Myers Outstanding Book Award; is finishing a book manuscript entitled “The Black Revolution on Campus: 1968 and Its Legacy."

Jean Carey Bond
Writer/editor, member of influential Harlem Writers Guild, early part of the Black Arts Movement, founded in 1950 HWG became the oldest organization of African-American writers in the US; contributor to  Freedomways; author of A is for Africa, Brown is a Beautiful Color (with Barbara Zuber), ed. Special Issue of Freedomways (with Lorraine Hansberry), The Black Woman, An Anthology and Civil Liberties: the National Newsletter of the ACLU 1992-1994.

Howard Dodson
Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NY Public Library; author of many publications including, The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology, Jubilee: The Emergence of Africn-American Culture (National Geographic Society), lecturer in Afro-American history at Emory University, and consultant to African American Museums Asociation and the Library of Congress, among others.

Professor Paula J. Giddings
Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College. Author of many books including When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America, Regarding Malcolm X (with Cornel West), and most recently Ida: A Sword Among Lions, an award winning biography of Ida B. Wells.

Professor Heather Lewis
Assistant Professor of Urban History and Education at Pratt Institute. Teaches the history of urban social movements in education and community transformation in the 20th century; currently completing a book manuscript, New York City’s “Bad Old Days”: Local Control of Schools and Communities in the 1970s; co-director of the Pratt Initiative for Arts, Community and Social Change (IACSC), encouraging the use of the arts to further social change.

Walter Nagle
Worked in non-profit educational and arts organizations for 4 decades; lived and worked with veteran civil/human rights activist Bayard Rustin during the last decade of Rustin's life. As his executor, he has raised awareness of Rustin's achievements through numerous projects, including the award-winning documentary film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin; serves on the Executive Com. of the NY/Metro American Friends Service Committee.

Professor Brian Purnell
Assistant Professor of African and African American studies at Fordham University; currently completing a book manuscript on the history of civil rights and Black Power activism in Brooklyn, NY; has articles in the journals Afro-Americans in New York Life and History and Journal of African American History, and anthologies such as Groundwork, Black Power at Work, and Civil Rights in New York City.

Laurie N. Robinson, Esq.
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at CBS Broadcasting Inc.; founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color which has a member roster of over 2,300 diverse women executive lawyers who work at Fortune 1000 and Forbes 2000 legal departments in the United States of America and Abroad; 2009 recipient of Diversity Trailblazer Award from the Committee on Minorities in the Profession.

Professor Clarence Taylor
Professor of History and Professor of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department, Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; author of The Black Churches of Brooklyn from the 19th Century to the Civil Rights Era, and Knocking at our own Door: Milton A. Galamison and the Struggle to Integrate New York City Schools; and forthcoming Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Academic Freedom, Civil Rights and the NYC Teachers Union.

Professor Jeanne Theoharis
Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College; author of numerous books and articles including Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside of the South 1940-1980 and Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in America (ed with Woodard); Not Working: Latino Immigrants, Low-Wage Jobs and the Failure of Welfare Reform (with Marchevsky) and forthcoming “Hidden in Plain Sight: Southern Exceptionalism and the Civil Rights Movement in the North,” and “School Sucks: When Students Talk Back to a Segregated Nation” (with Alonso, Anderson and Su).

Professor Komozi Woodard
Esther Raushenbush Professor of History, Public Policy and Africana Studies at Sarah Lawrence College; Board of Directors of the Urban History Association; has published hundreds of news articles and six books, including The Black Power Movement, Freedom North, Groundwork and Want to Start a Revolution? : Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle; working on book manuscripts, including The Jim Crow North; A Tragic Blindness: American Racism & New Deal Whiteness; Black Renaissance & Black Liberation: The Blues Ethos, Jazz Aesthetic and Black Consciousness; and Black Liberation 101.

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