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Agents of Change

Abby Ginzberg; Frank R. Dawson; Ginzberg, Abby; Dawson, Frank R
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Current struggles to make colleges welcoming and relevant for students of color continue movements which swept across campuses fifty years ago. AGENTS OF CHANGE tells the timely and inspiring story of how successful protests for equity and inclusion led to establishing the first Black and Ethnic Studies departments at two very different universities: San Francisco State (1968) and Cornell (1969). San Francisco State students, their supporters on the faculty and in the community, including the increasingly influential Black Panther Party, launched the longest student strike in U.S. history. In addition to curricular changes, they demanded increased minority student recruitment and retention, and the hiring of minority faculty. Student activists, like actor Danny Glover, demonstrated and faced brutal police assaults and massive arrests unleashed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan. In spite of these obstacles, Black, Latino and Asian student groups formed the Third World Liberation Front and emerged victorious, creating the first College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and igniting similar actions across the country. This award-winning documentary features a dynamic soundtrack written and performed by Patrice Rushen and is punctuated by the music of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye and others from the era.
Director
Abby Ginzberg; Frank R. Dawson
Release Date
2016
Run Time
66 min.
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
California Newsreel, 2016.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017.
Recording Info
Originally produced by California Newsreel in 2016.
Publisher no.
1849827 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file) (66 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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