Written by Afton Thomas
This week the Center for the Study of Southern Culture was a proud partner in the Black Power at Ole Miss events that occurred Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, the film “Black Power at Ole Miss,” produced and edited by Southern Studies M.A. student Katherine Aberle-Flores premiered along with a panel discussion with five of the Ole Miss Eight and John Brittain, their attorney from 1970. The panel discussion was led by Ralph Eubanks, visiting professor of Southern Studies, English, and Honors, who also published a New Yorker article about the unhealed wounds of the mass arrests.
Tremendous thanks to the team at SouthDocs, Southern Studies M.A. students Brittany Brown, Keon Burns, Christina Huff, Rhondalyn Peairs, M.F.A. student Tyler Keith, and history doctoral student Jasmine Stansberry for interviewing and filming the journeys of these former students from their time here at the university to the present.
If that wasn’t enough, Brittany Brown did a remarkable job during the conversation portion of the Black History Month keynote featuring Yusef Salaam, who gave an inspiring and powerful talk Tuesday.