QC Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower / Click to Enlarge
Queens College
The City University of New York


In Honor of Black History Month

February 2005

QC Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower Plaque in Rosenthal Library / Click to Enlarge


Queens College Reflects on the Black Freedom Movement, 1954 - 1968


This page was originally designed for Black History Month - February 2005.  We are continuing to update our History of Black History Month - and more resources  pages as a general resource on Black History.  You may also find our information below for Black History Month 2005 an interesting and useful resource.

June 2005 Update - QC's Commencement 2005: See the College's news release for information about Commencement 2005 speakers / honorees - Jerry Mitchell and Carolyn Goodman - at http://www.qc.cuny.edu/nis/Releases/viewNews.php?id=159. See also article in Queens Tribune of June 2, 2005 at http://www.queenstribune.com/news/1117734942.html , and article in Newsday of June 3, 2005 at http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nygrad034288436jun03,0,2541892.story

June 2005 Update - Killen Trial verdict: A NY1 article about the Killen trial verdict of June 21, 2005 is at http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=51660  and a NY Times article of the same day is at http://nytimes.com/2005/06/21/national/21cnd-civil.html?hp&ex=1119412800&en=c74e379a2d9644b4&ei=5094&partner=homepage .


A broad-based group of Queens College faculty, staff and students joined together in the Fall of 2004 as the Black History Month Committee. Co-chaired by Professor Premilla Nadasen (History, and Acting Director, Africana Studies) and Professor Maureen Pierce-Anyan (Minority Pre-Professional Advisor / Counseling and Advisement), this group gathered to plan the program for the February 2005 Queens College observance of Black History Month.

The programs that we designed for Black History Month 2005 are specifically * not * designed "For Black Students Only." They are designed for all members of the College community. We hope these programs and events will help foster within the campus community a better understanding of people and events of the time, of each other, and of how it all relates to our lives today.  “We have planned the events to take a clear-eyed view of the past, with the goal of building bridges among people today,” says committee co-chair Premilla Nadasen.

This Black History Month has special significance for us at Queens College. It is just over 40 years after the Summer 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Mississippi.  They were three courageous young men (two with ties to Queens College) who knew that by taking a stand and working together they could make a difference.  It is just under 40 years after the May 1965 speech at Queens College by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., where he emphasized "We've come a long long way, but still have a long long way to go."  In many ways and in many other related areas, this is as true today as it was in May of 1965.

From the Queens College Press Release on Black History Month - February 2005:
... “Black History Month has a particular poignancy for us at the college, and especially this year,” notes Dr. James Muyskens, Queens College president. “So many struggled and suffered for the cause of civil rights and some, like our own Andrew Goodman, paid the ultimate price. We hope that the education our current students receive will instill the same commitment to humanistic values and social justice.”

In 1965 the Reverend Martin Luther King made a stirring speech at Queens College; a recording of this speech will be played on campus during February. The clocktower of the college’s Rosenthal Library is named after Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. In 1996 Queens College awarded Carolyn Goodman, Andrew’s mother, its President’s Medal for her social activism, which included picketing the South African embassy during the era of apartheid...

The images at the top of this page are of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower (photo by S. Lefkoe), and of the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower dedication plaque (photo by J. Castellan).  The plaque is in the Rosenthal Library entry foyer, near the Books and Bytes Cafe. Click on each image for an enlargement.  The text on the clock tower dedication plaque is as follows:

THEY DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM
IN THE SUMMER OF 1964, QUEENS COLLEGE STUDENT ANDREW GOODMAN
JOINED THE MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM SUMMER PROJECT.  HE WAS ASSIGNED TO WORK ON
VOTER REGISTRATION WITH JAMES EARL CHANEY AND MICHAEL SCHWERNER.
RETURNING FROM A VISIT TO A RURAL CHURCH, THEY WERE KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED.
THEIR DEATHS INSPIRED COUNTLESS OTHERS TO CONTINUE THE STRUGGLE
FOR EQUALITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL AMERICANS.

Dedicated on May 10, 1989


About the Clock Tower - from the QC Undergraduate Bulletin 2003-2005, p. 9
... A landmark for the community is the distinctive Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower, dedicated to the memory of three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964 (one of whom, Andrew Goodman, was a Queens College student). The tower also houses the Queens College Bells, five beautifully crafted instruments that chime each quarter hour during the day...

History of Black History Month - and more resources

Articles Related to QC's Black History Month 2005
*** Additional resources and images are being added frequently ***


- BLACK  HISTORY  MONTH  SCHEDULE -


Suggested Reading

Two of the programs below - the Presidential Roundtable of February 9th, and a film on February 8th and February 10th - focus on Alice Walker's book Meridian

“We are urging people to read Meridian, Alice Walker’s novel about an African American woman’s involvement in a voter registration campaign during the 1960s,” says committee co-chair Maureen Pierce-Anyan, who points out that “people are still struggling with all of the same issues today.”



February Exhibits and Displays


Exhibit: "Black American Women Contributors to the Civil Rights Movement" and "College Students' Contribution to Voter Registration"
Barham Rotunda, Rosenthal Library
Library Hours - February 2005
Curator: Dorothy C. Lewis

Exhibit: "Black History - Local Stories of Struggle, Accomplishment and Contrast"
2nd floor Rosenthal Library Display cases, outside the Auditorium, Room 230, and separate case to right of main Rotunda cases
Library Hours - February 2005
Curator: Syd Lefkoe

Exhibit:  "The Queens College Library Salutes Alice Walker"
Barham Rotunda, Rosenthal Library - separate case to left of main Rotunda cases
Library Hours - February 2005
Curator: Dick Wall
Books by Alice Walker; bibliography sheet available

Exhibit: Black History / Civil Rights Movement
Student Union Lobby, outside of Corner Bistro
Curator: Maureen Pierce-Anyan

Display: Bookstore - Books by Alice Walker




Special Events

[ February 1st - 4th
[ February 7th - 11th[ February 14th - 18th[ February 21st - 25th[ February 28th


February 1st  -  4th

--- PLUS: Don't miss our ongoing exhibits this month in the Library and the Student Union!  ---

Wednesday, February 2,  12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (repeated during February "Free Hours" - Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosenthal Library Lobby
Event Flyer
[PDF Format]

Bring your friends and get the feeling - and start to understand a difficult and different time. 
Hear CDs of songs and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, including portions of a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College in 1965.

Wednesday, February 2, 3:30-5:30 pm
Dramatic Readings about the Black Freedom Movement by Queens College and Townsend Harris High School Students

East Ballroom, Student Union Building, 4th Floor

Will open with songs of the civil rights movement.

[ February 1st - 4th[ February 7th - 11th[ February 14th - 18th[ February 21st - 25th[ February 28th

February 7th  - 11th

--- PLUS: Don't miss our ongoing exhibits this month in the Library and the Student Union!  ---

Monday, February 7,  12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (repeated during February "Free Hours" - Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosenthal Library Lobby
Event Flyer [PDF Format]

Bring your friends and get the feeling - and start to understand a difficult and different time.  Hear CDs of songs and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, including portions of a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College in 1965.


Tuesday, February 8 (repeats on February 10)
Documentary Film: Alice Walker,
33 min. 
Film times:  Every 35 minutes from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 to 7 pm.
Student Union, Room 301
Earn CLIQ Points for participation in discussion for 1 hour or more.  Film discussion: 2 pm - 4 pm - Student Union, Room 301

Alice Walker talks about her life, the civil rights movement, and "womanism."  


Wednesday, February 9, 
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (repeated during February "Free Hours" - Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosenthal Library Lobby
Event Flyer
[PDF Format]


Bring your friends and get the feeling - and start to understand a difficult and different time.  Hear CDs of songs and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, including portions of a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College in 1965.


Wednesday, February 9, 12:15 – 2 pm
Presidential Roundtable:  Revisiting Alice Walker’s
Meridian
Student Union, Room 301

Participants: Professor Marie Umeh of John Jay College; Professor Tony O’Brien of Queens College; and Queens College and Townsend Harris High School students.


Thursday, February 10
(repeat of February 8 showing)
Documentary Film: Alice Walker,
33 min. 
Film times:  Every 35 minutes from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 to 7 pm.
Student Union, Room 301
Earn CLIQ Points for participation in discussion for 1 hour or more.  Film discussion: 2 pm - 4 pm - Student Union, Room 301

Alice Walker talks about her life, the civil rights movement, and "womanism."  

Friday, February 11th - college closed

[ February 1st - 4th[ February 7th - 11th[ February 14th - 18th[ February 21st - 25th[ February 28th

February 14th  - 18th

--- PLUS: Don't miss our ongoing exhibits this month in the Library and the Student Union!  ---

Monday, February 14,  12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (repeated during February "Free Hours" - Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosenthal Library Lobby
Event Flyer [PDF Format]

Bring your friends and get the feeling - and start to understand a difficult and different time.   Hear CDs of songs and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, including portions of a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College in 1965.


Monday, February 14, 4 – 7pm

Panel Discussion:  “Where is the Promised Land: Racial Politics Then and Now” 
Rosenthal Auditorium.
Moderated by Premilla Nadasen, Queens College Professor of History and Africana Studies.
Will open with songs of the civil rights movement by Queens College and Townsend Harris students. Reception to follow.

Stephen Steinberg, author of Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy, and Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College
Barbara Ransby, author of Ella Baker and the Black Radical Tradition, Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago
Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of the Queens Public Library's Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center
Brenda Batista, member of "We Make the Road by Walking," a Brooklyn-based community organization.

Tuesday, February 15, Film Times: 12 noon, 1 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm
Documentary Film:  Eyes on the Prize, Episode 5, Mississippi: Is this America
60 min.
Persia Campbell Dome. Enter the Dome through the courtyard in back of Powdermaker Hall.
Earn CLIQ Points for participation in discussion for 1 hour or more.  Film discussion: 2 pm - 4 pm - The Dome.

Film focuses on black citizens’ right to vote.  


Wednesday, February 16, 
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (repeated during February "Free Hours" - Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosenthal Library Lobby
Event Flyer [PDF Format]

Bring your friends and get the feeling - and start to understand a difficult and different time.  Hear CDs of songs and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, including portions of a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College in 1965.


Wednesday, February 16, Film Times: 12 noon and 5 pm
Feature Film and Discussion:  4 Little Girls.  A Spike Lee film,
1 hr. 45 min.
Persia Campbell Dome. Enter the Dome through the courtyard in back of Powdermaker Hall.
Earn CLIQ Points for participation in discussion for 1 hour or more.  Film discussion: 2 pm - 4 pm - The Dome.

A documentary about the bombing of an Alabama church, which takes the lives of four young girls and thrusts the civil rights movement into the forefront of national
consciousness.
 

Thursday, February 17, Film Times: 12 noon and 5 pm.
Feature Film: Mississippi Burning, 1 hr. 45 min.
Persia Campbell Dome. Enter the Dome through the courtyard in back of Powdermaker Hall.
Earn CLIQ Points for participation in discussion for 1 hour or more.  Film discussion: 2 pm - 4 pm - The Dome.

Civil Rights activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Queens College student Andrew Goodman are kidnapped and killed, focusing national attention on the brutality of racism in America.
 

Thursday, February 17, 1:45 – 4 pm
Tamara Robinson, PBS Producer of “Slavery,” a series debuting in February
See PBS website at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/
Rosenthal Library, President’s Conference Room 1, 5th Floor

Ms. Robinson will address a Media Studies class open to the public on the state of minorities in the media today, and screen excerpts from “Slavery” and other PBS specials.

[ February 1st - 4th[ February 7th - 11th[ February 14th - 18th[ February 21st - 25th[ February 28th

February 21st  - 25th

--- PLUS: Don't miss our ongoing exhibits this month in the Library and the Student Union!  ---

Monday, February 21st - college closed

Tuesday, February 22, Film Times:  12 noon, 1 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
Documentary Film: Eyes on the Prize, Episode 4, No Easy Walk,
60 min.
Persia Campbell Dome. Enter the Dome through the courtyard in back of Powdermaker Hall.
Earn CLIQ Points for participation in discussion for 1 hour or more.  Film discussion: 2 pm - 4 pm - The Dome.

Explores Dr. King's initiation of non-violent protest and its  powerful role in the civil rights movement. 

 
Wednesday, February 23, Film Time: 12 noon.
Malcolm X. A Spike Lee feature film. 
3 hrs. +.  
Persia Campbell Dome. Enter the Dome through the courtyard in back of Powdermaker Hall.
On-line chat discussion available from 7 pm - 10 pm / - \
A link to the chat area was available here and on the QC Home Page on the day of the discussion.  Thank you for participating.

The life of black activist Malcolm X.

Wednesday, February 23,  12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (repeated during February "Free Hours" - Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosenthal Library Lobby
Event Flyer [PDF Format]

Bring your friends and get the feeling - and start to understand a difficult and different time.  Hear CDs of songs and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, including portions of a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College in 1965.


Wednesday, February 23, 12:15 pm
African Dance Performance
Goldstein Theatre


T
hursday, February 24,  Film Time: 1 pm
Jazz Feature Film and Discussion: Round Midnight.
   2 hrs.
Aaron Copland School of Music Recital Hall, Room 226.
Film discussion: 3  pm –  4 pm in same room.
Earn CLIQ Points for participation in discussion for 1 hour or more.
On-line chat discussion available from 7 pm - 10 pm /
A link to the chat area was available here
and on the QC Home Page on the day of the discussion. Thank you for participating.

The compelling story of an expatriate jazz musician and his struggles in Paris in l959.   Dale, the lead character, is played by renowned bebop jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who earned an Academy Award nomination for the role. Jazz musician Herbie Hancock also appears in the film and was nominated for the film's musical score.


Thursday, February 24, 4:45 pm

The American Jazz Legacy
LeFrak Concert Hall

Featuring Prof. Michael Mossman, trumpet, Prof. Antonio Hart, saxophone, and students from the Queens College Jazz Program, Aaron Copland School of Music. 

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February 28th

--- PLUS: Don't miss our ongoing exhibits this month in the Library and the Student Union!  ---

Monday, February 28,  12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (repeated during February "Free Hours" - Monday and Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosenthal Library Lobby
Event Flyer [PDF Format]

Bring your friends and get the feeling - and start to understand a difficult and different time.  Hear CDs of songs and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, including portions of a speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College in 1965.


Monday, February 28, 3:30-5:30 pm
Town Hall Meeting:  “50 Years Later: The Impact of the Brown Decision on Education on the Queens Campus and Community”
East Ballroom, Student Union Building, 4th Floor
Town Meeting Flyer [PDF Format]

It has been fifty years since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that legally desegregated public education.  How far have we come? Is there truly equal access to public education? What barriers still exist? How has Queens College fared in its attempt to diversify its student body and faculty?

This town hall meeting will be a forum for different sectors of the campus and community to come together to address pressing issues about public education and racial equality on campus.  Representatives of the student body, faculty, staff, administrators, and local high schools will be present.  All are encouraged to attend.


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