We Demand playing at MIT from July 18th through October 29


We Demand, a short film directed by Kevin Everson and Claudrena Harold, will screen at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center from July 18th to October 29th as part of its Civil Disobedience exhibit. The daily screenings are 12:30. Below are the other films in our program.

For more on the exhibit see https://listart.mit.edu/events-programs/list-projects-civil-disobedience-daily-film-and-video-program-schedule.

The 1960s: Civil Rights Movement

Videofreex, Fred Hampton: Black Panthers, 1969; 23:10 min
Madeline Anderson, I Am Somebody, 1970; 29:43 min
Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, We Demand, 2016; 10:20 min

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We Demand tells the story of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement from the perspective of James R. Roebuck, a northern-born African American who studied at the University of Virginia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Over a week-long period of unprecedented student upheaval at the University, Roebuck, the first African American president of UVA’s Student Council, confronted a series of political challenges and existential dilemmas. This budding activist and future US representative was the quintessential militant insider whose cool temperament and ideological flexibility proved quite useful as UVA appeared on the verge of imploding from within.




Tuesday, May 2, marks the end of classes for University of Virginia students, including  146 undergrads enrolled in my Black Fire lecture course. Now in its 3rd year, the Black Fire course has remained an important part of our larger multimedia project on the history and experiences of African Americans at the University.  This year we taught about 340 students, finished three films, and had a chance to share our work with folks across the country. April was especially exciting as We Demand screened at the National Gallery of Art (https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/film-programs/spring17/bch.html) and Fastest Man in the State was part of the Whitney Museum’s Biennial. After the Biennial, our friend Greg Tate took us to the home of the legendary filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles.  Amazing time and conversation.

Looking forward to pushing ahead in the summer and next academic year.