Black Revolutionary Study rewinds back to the Civil Rights Movement

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Kaysa Suzana | Assistant Entertainment Director

The civil-rights documentary series “Eyes on the Prize” had its Season 2, Episode 1 featured for the Black Revolutionary Study this Nov. 28.

Part of the second film examination, the film and discussion series Black Revolutionary Studies showcases the late 60’s and the end of the civil rights movement.

The episode, titled “The Time Has Come 1964-1966” originally aired in 1990, followed the midst of the civil-rights movement specifically among the generation of black leaders.

Leaders like Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr, and others were the central point of the film, with their separate angles on leading protests being the focal point.

Associate Professor Kirsten Edwards was one of the organizers for the event.

“We host these events to educate, and to dive deep into the comparisons between the civil rights movement then, and how we interact with it now,” said Edwards.

Anthony Kinney, pursuing a PHD in higher education, commented on the importance of the showing, and its connection to contemporary civics.

“These are issues in social justice. The film pertains to that. The struggle and the deep-rooted conflicts are necessary to learn,” Kinney said.

Kinney, who plans to write a dissertation on the NCAA, connects the lessons of the past into the present.

“I’m interested in researching the disparate impact in college sports, specifically how it impacts and perhaps pertains to African-American students,” Kinney said.

Following the viewing, a discussion was present where viewers tactfully exchanged their thoughts regarding its educational importance.

Topics of debate included the presence of racism in modern society, and its implications as well as intersections with different cultural/ethnic groups, specifically in Miami.

“If we’re going to be free, we will have to suffer for that freedom. We will have to sacrifice for it,” was one of the film’s quotes of King Jr., a quote that inspired more discussion.

The talk, which featured differing viewpoints, tackled the issue of present racial discrimination in modern society, ranging from wages to incarceration. 

The event ended with a question: What is struggle? And more specifically: What is Black stuggle?

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