Civil Rights Videos


Emerson College recently honored the landmark events of Brown vs. the Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act. The program of arts and lecture in Semel Theater on February 26, 2014, allowed the Emerson community to rejoice in the civil rights progress of the past and to reflect on the challenges that face us today.

Slam Poet Janae Johnson riffs on jazz and justice in the 1960s

Listen to President Lee Pelton’s story of “Growing Up Under Segregation”

Read the transcript of President Pelton’s Speech on “Remembering Segregation”

The Victory Stride forum featured performances by humorist Jimmy Tingle, folksinger Thea Hopkins, gospel choir Rashad McPherson & Divine Purpose, trumpeter Sam Dechenne, slam poets “Professor Lyrical” and Janae Johnson and soul singer Alexi Parachos. 

 Alexi Paraschos sings a tribute to the memory Trayvon Martin

 Humorist Jimmy Tingle brings laughter and joy to the pursuit of peace

Thea Hopkins sings about the short life of Emmett Till

“Professor Lyrical” raps on the Civil Rights Act and the Civil Rights meaning

Watch the entire Victory Stride forum with presentations by Suffolk Law School Dean Camille Nelson, Suffolk Law School Professor Frank Rudy Cooper,  UMass-Boston Professor of Economics Marlene Kim, and Civil Rights Division Chief Jonathan Miller of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

Read the Press Report on the Victory Stride "Civil Rights Celebration"