This exhibit commemorates the summer of 1964 when 700 northern volunteers joined 300 Black activists for Freedom Summer. Opening reception from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by film clips and panel discussion from 6:00-7:30pm. Speakers include BlackLivesMatter activists; Tarik Farrar, chair of the African American Studies Department; Phil Hutchings, SNCC leader and Freedom Summer participant; and Robert Rubin, nationally known civil rights attorney. Co-sponsored with CCSF African American Studies Department and Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring.
Nationally, Bend the Arc is working towards fixing Voting Rights and passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform. As a way to connect the two issues locally, we are registering new citizens to vote moments after they take the oath of citizenship to the United States. Bend the Arc began this effort in June 2014, and it was a deeply inspiring experience. We are now doing this every month through 2015.