Remembering the 1960s: Black Power

Cultural historian Jane Rhodes will be the Syracuse University Library Associates speaker on Thursday, March 31st at 5:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Rhodes will discuss how the press, television, film, and popular music and literature influence our memory of the Black Power era of the 1960s and early 70s. Why do the Black Panthers and other figures of the period, such as Malcolm X persist in popular memory? What relevance does Black Power have in the Obama era? Rhodes examines the efforts of activists to gain visibility through mass media and how their efforts continue to resonate today.

Jane Rhodes is Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Professor and Chair of American Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned B. S. and M.A. degrees from Syracuse University and was a reporter for the Herald-Journal and New Times, a radio personality for WAER, and a member of the SUNY Cortland faculty. Rhodes holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rhodes will sign copies of her book, Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (The New Press, 2007).

This event is sponsored by Syracuse University Library Associates, a society devoted to the enrichment of the Syracuse University Library and the greater Syracuse community. The society is supported by members who share an interest in books, learning and the preservation of knowledge.

Free event parking is available at Booth Garage, on the corner of Waverly and Comstock Avenues, one block from Bird Library. For more information, visit

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