The Takeover

images.jpeg Through a program at Hope Community in Minneapolis, teens are using the Public Achievement organizing model as a way to understand power and make collective change.

As part of their work and learning, they began filming a documentary last fall about a group of African American students who, in 1969, occupied an administrative office at the University of Minnesota to demand that the university improve attitudes toward minorities. "This was a very inhospitable place for African-Americans," said takeover participant John Wright in a 2006 interview with Minnesota Public Radio. "If you were black, you could not live in University of Minnesota dormitories in this, a public university."

Tomorrow, the Dept. of African American and African Studies will host the world premiere of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants as part of a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the department's founding. The screening is open to the public.

"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"
Saturday, January 24, 10:00 AM
President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota

Read about a film festival held last year at the Weisman Art Museum featuring the work of young people from St. Paul and Minneapolis, including Hope Community.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs