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Bayard Rustin and His Legacy for Today

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

We will show the film on Bayard Rustin's life, "Brother Outsider," followed by a panel discussion on the significance of his life today.

This event is in conjunction with the 15th Annual Black and White Reunion Summit Against Racism.

Manchester NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Greater Manchester NAACP holds its 4th annual Freedom Fund Dinner.  Tickets $50 adults, $25 12 and under.  RSVP by Nov. 10.

FILM - "Lives Worth Living"

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lives Worth Living is a documentary about the dramatic battle for the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in America's history.  The film  traces the development of consciousness of the pioneers who realized that in order to change the world for themselves and all people with disabilities, they needed to work together. This film is an oral history, told by the movement's heroes themselves, and illustrated with rare archival footage.

"Lives Worth Living" poster

Flyer for Oct. 15, 2012 film showing in Concord NH

AFSC Southern Student Program

Pairing Southern Students with Northern Families Taught Everyone

AFSC’s deep involvement with the civil rights movement includes a unique program born in 1957, when  a violent backlash began against the civil rights movement  to desegregate  the South. AFSC staff and supporters were deeply concerned by the resistance to integrated schools, believing “access to the best knowledge available” is a right for all people.  Thus the Southern Student Program was created.

Panelists Address Civil Rights and Occupy

How would you feel if you were asked to fill in for Jesse Jackson on a civil rights panel? Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, knows the feeling and describes it as “humbling.”

FILM- "Brother Outsider: the life of Bayard Rustin"

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

"Brother Outsider" tells the story of Bayard Rustin, disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., architect of the 1963 March on Washington, and a man who lived an openly gay life during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.   The film is shown as part of the Culture of Peace Film Series, brought to you by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, NH Peace Action, the Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob, and the NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates.  Join us for the film and discussion.  Admission is free.  

Black Male Attitudes from the Civil Rights Movement to Hip-Hop

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

From the collection "Can You Hear me Now" by F. Geoffrey Johnson

From the collection "Can You Hear me Now" by F. Geoffrey Johnson

CURRENTS is a visual art exhibit featuring works by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren.  The exhibit features works by two men from two very different generations.  Geoffrey is in his 60’s grew up influenced by “Jim Crow” laws and the Civil Rights Movement; while Kerly in his thirties sites the influence of Hip-Hop culture as a major factor in shaping his sense of identity and politics.

CURRENTS: Black Men's Cultural Activism - A Visual Arts Exhibit, with poetry, music and film

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 7:00pm - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 10:00pm

CURRENTS: Black Men's Cultural Activism - A Visual Arts Exhibit, with poetry, music and film is a visual art exhibit featuring artworks by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren.  The exhibit features works by two men from two very different generations.  Geoffrey is in his 60’s grew up influenced by “Jim Crow” laws and the Civil Rights Movement; while Kerly in his thirties sites the influence of Hip-Hop culture as a major factor in shaping his sense of identity and politics.

Civil Rights Trivia Night Spotlights Need for Protections

How would you score in a civil rights trivia game covering topics such as immigration, domestic surveillance and racial profiling by police departments?   Nearly 30 people, many of them area college students, found out at an AFSC-sponsored trivia night at the Yellow Sofa Café in Northampton, MA on August 3.   

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