Fri, March 26  |  6:00 p.m. (PST)

From Tragedy to Triumph Part III:

“White: You Strike. You Strip. You Steal.”


About the Event

Through animation, poetic interpretation and narration, the third installment of From Tragedy to Triumph presents “White: You Strike. You Strip. You Steal,” a multidisciplinary work of historical fiction about the harrowing cycle of family separation and the dehumanization of Black bodies during the Antebellum South (1783–1861). The event will open with a discussion with its creators and close with a Q&A session with the artists and performers led by USC Thornton professor Ron McCurdy.


RSVP to attend the event on Zoom and participate in the discussion and live Q&A. Viewers can watch the livestream of the event at without RSVP.

Closed captioning will be available in the webinar.



Linda Diaz

Benjamin Webster



Linda Diaz



Cameron Du Pont


Anaiyah Luther

Voice Actors

Ron McCurdy

Ceaira Thomas

Frank Ticheli


Kara Fein


Faculty Mentors

Lina Bahn

Ron McCurdy

Reading List

Curated by the creative team, the following books, articles, film and television resources offer a starting point to learn more about the history and key themes featured in this event.

"The 1619 Project"

By Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times

Learn more >

"Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism in America"

Podcast with Jeffrey Robinson

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David Brown & Clive Webb. (2007). The Paradoxical Institution - Antebellum Slavery. Race in the American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights. (pp. 119-147). Edinburgh University Press. 

Read more >

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

Dir. Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon. HBO, 2003.

Watch >

From Tragedy to Triumph is an interactive student-led series about the African diaspora told through discussion with film, dance and music. Organized by USC Thornton professor Ron McCurdy, each event is produced in creative collaboration between student and faculty composers, dancers, filmmakers, musicians and writers from across the university. Learn more >