Fri, May 7  |  6:00 p.m. (PST)

From Tragedy to Triumph Part VI:

"The Civil Rights Movement: Snapshots of Everyday Life"

Collage style image reading "Childhood remembrances are always a drag if you're black"

About the Event

“The Civil Rights Movement: Snapshots of Everyday Life” presents an oral history of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 70s, framing the daily experiences of living through this era of social justice and activism. The sixth part of this seven-part series features topics ranging from the war in Vietnam to housing discrimination and representation in the performing arts, with personal reflections and an expressive blend of jazz and archival footage. The event will include a discussion and Q&A session with the film’s creators 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 thorntonlive.usc.edu without RSVP.

Closed captioning will be available in the webinar.

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 >

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.

Olsson, Göran, dir. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. Story AB, 2011. 

Raymond, Emilie. Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement. University of Washington Press, 2018.

Satter, Beryl. Family Properties: How the Struggle over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America. Henry Holt & Co., 2010. 

Terry, Wallace. Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: an Oral History. Presidio Press / Ballantine Books, 1985.

CREATIVE TEAM

Filmmaker

Naomi Shroff-Mehta

 

Writer

Marlize Duncan

 

Poetry

Nikki Giovanni

Composer

Branden Brown

Post Supervisor & Animation

Yifan Huang

Illustrator

Dustin G

 

Faculty Mentors

Alaina Marie Morgan

Ken Cazan

E. Moncell Durden

Myra Turner

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 >