Visitors to Olin Library might find themselves greeted with a pink slip this morning that has nothing to do with the firing of librarian Pat Tully. In four Onion-style news snippets, an anonymous satirical newsletter titled “Burdening the Beast” takes jabs at different university issues surrounding race.
In the summer of 1964, over 1,000 volunteers from across the United States – many of them college students – traveled to the Deep South as a part of Freedom Summer, or the Mississippi Summer Project, to assist local civil rights workers in getting black Mississippians to the voting polls. Despite intimidation and violence from the white population, police, local authorities, and the Ku Klux Klan – including the murder of at least three activists – Freedom Summer organizers increased voter registration among African Americans, called attention to disenfranchisement, and influenced the course of the Civil Rights movement.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, and Wesleyan welcomes the community to celebrate the occasion together with a weekend of music, panel discussions, reflections from alumni, and more. Details after the jump:
If you haven’t heard, there’s a meeting going on in PAC 001 with President Roth and Provost Ruth Striegel Weissman. This meeting was scheduled after a March on Wesleyan this afternoon to protest the administration’s lack of support for African American Studies. For those of you stuck in Olin right now, here’s a liveblog of what’s happening. Stay tuned for a longer post about the issue soon.
Some early procrastination fodder comes our way from Noah Korman ’15, whose video FISK TAKEOVER has now been released by Rebel Empire Productions on YouTube.
Fisk Takeover tells the story of February 21, 1969, when leaders of Wesleyan’s Black Student Union marched into Fisk Hall and barricaded the doors behind them, demanding that their concerns–specifically that classes be cancelled in honor of Malcolm X, who was assassinated four years earlier–be addressed by the administration. The takeover was a success, resulting in the creation of Malcolm X House, the Center for African American Studies, and Ujamaa.
- Title: Dancer As Insurgent: Vogue and Its Implications for Radical Social Change
- Description: This short, one-person performance piece combines movement and spoken word to examine vogue–a form of Black and Latina queer street dance–as a radical tradition, one which does not require any explanation from the academy, and which has the ability to transform disempowerment into the tools of social reinvention.
- Date: April 8th and 9th
- Time: 7:30 PM
- Place: The ’92 Theater
- Tickets are free at the box office on the day of the performance.
- Sponsored by Second Stage and the African-American Studies Program.