For further information, and additional screenings, see: Film Retrospective
7:00 pm: Keynote Address
Ossie Davis, Distinguished Actor and Civil Rights Activist (confirmed)
8:00 pm: Screening
Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones"
Reception to follow.
For further information, contact:
Unitarian Fellowship of Long Island
48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset, NY
The day will begin with an opening address by Professor Michael Eric Dyson, visiting professor of African-American Studies at Columbia University and will be followed by two panel discussions. The first panel will discuss the challenge of African-American leadership and responsibility in the new millennium. The second panel will discuss the challenges of defining and controlling African-American culture, talent and images in the fields of entertainment and sports.
Confirmed participants include Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III of Abyssinian Baptist Church; Jessie Washington, Managing Editor of VIBE magazine; the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, the first African-American woman appointed to the federal judiciary and the first woman to serve as Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York; Theodore Shaw, Associate Director of Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Michele Stephenson, Esq.; Judithe Brown, Esq.; Kay Shaw, Marketing and Distribution Consultant; William Allen, Harlem Community Activist; Quinn Eli, Professor of Literature and African-American Studies at Bryn Mawr College; Marcia Sells, Vice-President of Organization & Development at the National Basketball Association; Professors Kimberle Crenshaw, Kellis Parker, Kendall Thomas and Patricia Williams of Columbia Law School, and other academics, lawyers, and community leaders.
April 9, 1998 -- Students celebrate Paul Robeson's Centennial Birth with Poetry, Dance and Song
April -- Month-long Poetry and Essay Contest
April 27-May 1, 1998 -- Viewing of Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
Theatreworks/USA is a not-for-profit theatre. Proceeds from this event support Free Summer Theatre as a gift to the children of our city. It has now become an annual tradition which makes theatre available to up to 20,000 young New Yorkers each summer. During the past nine years, our plays have dealt with prejudice, substance abuse, illiteracy, peer presure and perseverance. Our mission is not only to entertain, but to expand the horizons of our young audiences and to provide insights into issues they face in their daily lives, Your support is greatly appreciated.
For more information about the opening night events or the free summer theatre run of Robeson please write, fax or E-Mail: