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An Interview: Eyes in the Prize as Documentary and Document

Please join the 1619 and Beyond Program for a lecture by Judy Richardson, SNCC veteran and documentary filmmaker.

Judy Richardson’s Civil Rights Movement experiences have influenced her throughout her life, from her work in film — including the 14-hour PBS series Eyes on the Prize — to her work in education. She has, therefore, had the privilege of both living and interpreting this important history. Richardson was on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South from 1963 to 1966. She wroked in SNCC’s national office in Atlanta, in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer," in Southwest Georgia and in Lowndes County, Alabama. In 1965 she left SNCC’s Lowndes County project to become the office manager for the successful first campaign of Julian Bond (then SNCC’s press director, later chair of the NAACP) for the Georgia House of Representatives.

She and five other female SNCC activists co-edited Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Published by University of Illinois Press, the anthology includes the memoirs of 52 courageous women on the front lines of the 1960s Southern Civil Rights Movement.

To learn more and register, visit the Center for Historical Research (CHR) website. Registration links will be posted on the CHR calendar within six weeks of the event.

If you have questions or require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please indicate contact CHR Director John Brooke. Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


About the 1619 and Beyond Program: In late August 1619 “twenty and odd” Angolans were brought from the West Indies to the Chesapeake Bay on the ship White Lion. Some of these individuals were sold into slavery at Jamestown. 2019 marked the quadricentennial of this arrival of Africans in British North America and the start of a trans-Atlantic slave trade that would continue (legally and illegally) until the Civil War, with profound legacies running to the present.

During this, the second year of our lecture series, The Ohio State University will move from last year’s focus on the slavery era to a year-long program examining the legacies of slavery in American and African American life from the post-emancipation period (after the Civil War) to the present time. This year, the series will feature invited lectures by eminent scholars of the Jim Crow Era, the Modern Civil Rights Movement/Era, and the contemporary issues that continue to reflect a need to address the legacies of centuries of legal, race-based enslavement, segregation and discrimination. The program will also offer film screenings, seminars and Slavery Roundtables. The departments urge students to participate in these events and to take courses dedicated to the history of slavery.

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