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


Black History Month 
- February 2006
QC Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower Plaque in Rosenthal Library / Click to Enlarge


This web site was initiated in January 2005 by the Black History Month Committee of Queens College.  See also our archived February 2005 Black History Month pages, which include a variety of related resources.

Queens College Black History Month 2006
 “Remembering the Past; Celebrating the Future”

scope 1965
- This photo and caption were copied from the QC home page 2/7/2006 -

The College's Black History Month Committee is pleased to present the following events this year as food for reflection and thought.  The programs that we designed for Black History Month 2006 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.

From the Queens College Press Release - January 25, 2006

“As a collaboration among students, clubs, faculty and staff, these programs have been organized to celebrate the significance of the events that happened in the past, the struggles that are still going on today, and how they will affect the future of civil rights in this country,” says Constance Capobianco, Director of the Health Service Center at Queens College, who headed the college’s African American History Committee.

“The topics and events we are remembering in February are as diverse as the people who fought for these rights….It’s their culture we’re also embracing,” says Randall Clarke, president of the Black Student Union of Queens College.

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). More information may be found in our archived pages. 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


Schedule of Events - 2006


Ongoing / Throughout February

Wednesday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 28
Campus Bookstore - Student Union, Lower Level

Display table of books by Black authors.  Purchase these books at a 20% discount


Related Events


Related Off-Campus Programs and Exhibits
Queens College Programs and Exhibits
Other Programs and Exhibits

Daily Schedule / February 1st  through March 1st

[ February 1 - February 3 ] [ February 6 - February 10 ] [ February 13 - February 17 ] [ February 20 - February 24 ] [ February 27 - March 1 ]

February 1st  - 3rd

Wednesday, February 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
1st Floor of Student Union
Movie presentation:  Mighty times:  the legacy of Rosa Parks (running continuously)
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sparked a revolution by sitting still. Her simple act of defiance against racial segregation on city buses inspired the African American Movement of Montgomery Alabama to unite under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the course of a year, the legendary bus boycott would test the endurance of the peaceful protestors, overturn an unjust law, and create a legacy of mighty times that continues to inspire social justice activists today. An entertaining and educational documentary from the Teaching Tolerance series; a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Featuring stunning black & white footage, and music by Keb Mo, John Lee Hooker and more.
Display:  Tribute to Rosa Parks
Exhibit topics include:
  • The Women Before Rosa Parks
  • Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
  • 1955-1957 - The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • What Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
and a Tribute to Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)


Thursday, February 2
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
1st Floor of Student Union

Movie presentation:  Mighty times:  the legacy of Rosa Parks (running continuously)

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sparked a revolution by sitting still. Her simple act of defiance against racial segregation on city buses inspired the African American Movement of Montgomery Alabama to unite under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the course of a year, the legendary bus boycott would test the endurance of the peaceful protestors, overturn an unjust law, and create a legacy of mighty times that continues to inspire social justice activists today. An entertaining and educational documentary from the Teaching Tolerance series; a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Featuring stunning black & white footage, and music by Keb Mo, John Lee Hooker and more.

 Display:  Tribute to Rosa Parks

Exhibit topics include:
  • The Women Before Rosa Parks
  • Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
  • 1955-1957 - The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • What Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
and a Tribute to Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)


Friday, February 3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
1st Floor of Student Union

Movie presentation:  Mighty times:  the legacy of Rosa Parks (running continuously)

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sparked a revolution by sitting still. Her simple act of defiance against racial segregation on city buses inspired the African American Movement of Montgomery Alabama to unite under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the course of a year, the legendary bus boycott would test the endurance of the peaceful protestors, overturn an unjust law, and create a legacy of mighty times that continues to inspire social justice activists today. An entertaining and educational documentary from the Teaching Tolerance series; a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Featuring stunning black & white footage, and music by Keb Mo, John Lee Hooker and more.

 Display:  Tribute to Rosa Parks  

Exhibit topics include:
  • The Women Before Rosa Parks
  • Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
  • 1955-1957 - The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • What Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
and a Tribute to Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)

[ February 1 - February 3 ] [ February 6 - February 10 ] [ February 13 - February 17 ] [ February 20 - February 24 ] [ February 27 - March 1 ]

February 6th  - 10th

Monday, February 6
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
1st Floor of Student Union

Movie presentation:  Mighty times:  the legacy of Rosa Parks (running continuously)

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sparked a revolution by sitting still. Her simple act of defiance against racial segregation on city buses inspired the African American Movement of Montgomery Alabama to unite under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the course of a year, the legendary bus boycott would test the endurance of the peaceful protestors, overturn an unjust law, and create a legacy of mighty times that continues to inspire social justice activists today. An entertaining and educational documentary from the Teaching Tolerance series; a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Featuring stunning black & white footage, and music by Keb Mo, John Lee Hooker and more.

 Display:  Tribute to Rosa Parks

Exhibit topics include:

  • The Women Before Rosa Parks
  • Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
  • 1955-1957 - The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • What Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
  and a Tribute to Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)



Monday, February 6
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
LeFrak Concert Hall

Afro-Cuban Music and Literature, including the following:
Antonio Hart – Saxophone
Michael Lipsey – Percussion
Christopher Winks – Comparative Literature Professor - leading the discussion


Wednesday, February 8
12:15 – 1:45 pm
2nd Floor of Student Union

Civil Rights presentation by Rabbi Shur:  “The Scope of Freedom:  The Leadership of Hosea Williams with Dr. King’s Summer ’65 Student Volunteers” see photo

Also at this event, the life and work of Coretta Scott King, civil rights legend, will be honored and remembered.

Kosher soul food will be available free of charge for program attendees.

CLIQ Event

From the College's Press release:

In the summer of 1965 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recruited the late Rev. Hosea L. Williams and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) – along with over 500 summer college student volunteers — to register African Americans to vote in 120 counties in five Southern states. This major voter registration effort came to be known as the Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project.

Among the students who participated in the SCOPE contingent assigned to Orangeburg, South Carolina, were Peter Geffen, a  graduate of Queens College, founder of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and former Executive Director of The Center for Jewish History; Moshe “Mickey” Shur, now as Rabbi Shur, head of the Queens College chapter of Hillel; and Dean Savage, currently a professor of Sociology at the college and chair of the department. The project, which resulted in the registration of 49,000 new voters in the South, had a huge impact on their lives.

On February 8, these three men will come together to take part in a special event at Queens College called “The Scope of Freedom: Dr. King’s Civil Rights Movement.”

Scheduled to attend and also share their SCOPE experiences are: Joel Siegel (ABC "Good Morning America)", who will bring greetings and remembrances of his SCOPE involvement through the UCLA contingent; Barbara Jean Emerson, Rev. Williams’ daughter and former Associate Provost at Queens College, and Willy Siegel Leventhal, who wrote about this ground-breaking civil rights initiative in his book, The Scope of Freedom: The Leadership of Hosea Williams with Dr. King’s Summer ’65 Student Volunteers.


[ February 1 - February 3 ] [ February 6 - February 10 ] [ February 13 - February 17 ] [ February 20 - February 24 ] [ February 27 - March 1 ]

February 13th  - 17th

Wednesday, February 15
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Student Union 310

Caribbean Student Association program:  “The Stop They Made Before America”

            CLIQ Event


[ February 1 - February 3 ] [ February 6 - February 10 ] [ February 13 - February 17 ] [ February 20 - February 24 ] [ February 27 - March 1 ]

February 20th  - 24th

Tuesday, February 21
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
4th Floor Student Union

Movie presentation by Black Student Union:  "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till"

Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955 at age 14, was brutally murdered in a small Mississippi town after he supposedly whistled at a white woman.

   CLIQ Event


Wednesday, February 22
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Student Union 310

Movie presentation co-sponsored by the Anthropology Club:  "Race: the Power of an Illusion"

Race is one topic where we all think we're experts. Yet ask 10 people to define race or name "the races," and you're likely to get 10 different answers. Few issues are characterized by more contradictory assumptions and myths, each voiced with absolute certainty.  The real subject of this film is not so much race but the viewer, or more precisely, the notions about race we all hold.

   CLIQ Event


[ February 1 - February 3 ] [ February 6 - February 10 ] [ February 13 - February 17 ] [ February 20 - February 24 ] [ February 27 - March 1 ]

February 27th  - March 1st

Monday, February 27
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
4th Floor Student Union

Club Day – Black, African and Caribbean student groups will be represented

Display:  Tribute to Rosa Parks

Exhibit topics include:

  • The Women Before Rosa Parks
  • Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
  • 1955-1957 - The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • What Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
  and a Tribute to Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)


Wednesday, March 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dining Hall

Exhibit:  Making it in America!  Black Inventors USA

Throughout the history of the United States, far too little attention and recognition has been given to the many inventions of Black people. All of the Black Inventors presented in this exhibit are an example of the creativity, aspirations and struggles that have shaped our country. Each of them has made a contribution to the industrial, technological, social and economic progress of America. They were part of its making, and when all Americans come to know these men and women, we will have a greater understanding and respect for America and all of its citizens.



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