“This hour of crisis is not new”: A Conversation about Student Anti-Racist Organizing in the 1980s

This past Wednesday Oct. 29, AFSC’s Social Justice Academy Coordinator Alli Langley and Jishava Patel organized a lecture at UMASS Amherst called “This hour of crisis is not new”: A Conversation about Student Anti-Racist Organizing in the 1980s.

Professor Ginetta Candelario, Smith College alum, spoke about her experience as a student in the 1980s and the work she did with the student group Concerned Students of All Colors to challenge the institutional racism and white supremacy at Smith. Joining her was Ed McClure, who was a community relations officer at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and worked with Professor Candelario and other students in their work to demand change from Massachusetts colleges and universities.

As Concerned Students of All Colors wrote in an article for the Smith College newspaper, “this hour of crisis is not new.” The activism that is currently happening at UMass around the racist hate notes is part of a long tradition of organizing–and Langley and Patel are spearheading the movement to help educate others by learning from those who came before them.

Videos and photos from the event are forthcoming. Please be sure to check back soon!