Africana’s Fall Open House: Celebrating 50 Years Since ’68

The Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre’s FALL 2018 OPEN HOUSE: Celebrating 50 Years Since ’68 Wednesday, September 19 @ 5pm - 7pm George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space Churchill House - 155 Angell Street, Providence, RI Free and Open to Everyone! ***** 50 Years Since ’68: An Initiative of the Department ​of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre 2018 is the 50th anniversary of important and pivotal moments in history. 50 Years Since ’68 ​is a year-long initiative that reflects on the meaning and significance of that remarkable year and examines the state of the world a half-century later. For Africana Studies at Brown University, it is also 50 years since the 1968 Walkout of black students and their allies that protested the small number of black faculty and the absence of a black studies curriculum. The University’s response led first to the formation of Rites and Reason Theatre in 1969 and then the Afro-American Studies Program, which eventually became today’s Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre​. Beginning in the spring of 2018, the department presented its first three 50 Years Since ’68 events: a Launch Reception where we welcomed faculty, students and partners; the first screening of new film: The Stand: How One Gesture Shook the World, a revealing exploration into circumstances that led Olympic runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos to take a stand at the 1968 Mexico City Games; and Music of 1968: A Change is Gonna Come, a four part series highlighting the music and movements of 1968. In September, 50 Years Since ’68 continues with an open course, AFRI 1968: A Year in Review, that explores and analyzes the contentions,...