Free Screening and Panel: “Fighting for Justice” — Thu., Jan. 14, 6pm


This information comes courtesy of Rebecca Lynch, director of education and special initiatives at NYC Media/NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting:

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In Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
NYC Media and NYC Commission on Human Rights
in Collaboration with the Apollo Theater Education Program
“Fighting for Justice: New York Voices of the Civil Rights Movement”
Free Screening and Panel Discussion Open to the Public at the Apollo Theater

On Thurs. Jan. 14, at 6pm, NYC Media and the New York City Commission on Human Rights, in collaboration with the Apollo Theater Education Program, will present a free screening of Fighting for Justice: New York Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, followed by a panel discussion at the legendary Apollo Theater in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Fighting for Justice profiles two New Yorkers, Esther Cooper Jackson and Clifford Alexander, whose contributions helped pave the way toward progress for equal justice for African-Americans, and whose stories begin to tell about New York City’s formative place in the national Civil Rights movement.

Panel discussion:
Opening remarks: Patricia L. Gatling (Commissioner and Chair, NYC Commission on Human Rights), Katherine Oliver (President, NYC Media), Jonelle Procope (President, Apollo Theater), and Howard Dodson (Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). Moderator: Keith Brown (senior vice president of news and public affairs, BET Networks)

Esther Cooper Jackson – Civil Rights activist, former managing editor and co-founder Freedomways
Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. – Counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson during passage of Civil Rights legislation
Dr. Clarence Taylor – Professor of History, Black and Hispanic Studies Department, Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Dr. Martha Biondi – Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, Northwestern University
Shola Lynch – Filmmaker, Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed

The evening will also include a special performance by the C3 Youth Choir from the Christian Cultural Center (Rev. A. R. Bernard, pastor).

Fighting for Justice will also air on NYC life (Channel 25) on Fri., Jan. 15, 8pm. Check your local listings. Additional interviews will also be available online in January at and

Location: The Apollo Theater, located at 253 W. 125th St. between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Doors open at 5:15pm. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Program is subject to change. Screening and panel is free of charge and open to the public. The Apollo Theater is fully wheelchair accessible.

RSVP: By email ( or phone (212-531-5363) by Tue., Jan. 12.