Introducing our Legacy Panel Speakers - I Am the Future at the Figge
Thursday, January 11th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm
225 W 2nd Street
Davenport, IA (map)
PACG Board of Directors
Here are our Legacy Panel members:
MacArthur Cotton is our featured Legacy Panel speaker. He was a student at Tougaloo College (a private historically black college) and one of the original 1961 Freedom Riders. He is a veteran of the Mississippi civil rights movement and participated in sit-ins at lunch counters in the South. "He was arrested and put on death row for 39 days for trying to buy a bus ticket on the white side of the bus station. In Jackson, he was also arrested for distributing civil rights leaflets 'without a permit.'"
"Mac" Cotton began working with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee) while a student at Tougaloo College.... [he] helped establish a Non-Violent Action Group on campus. This campus group helped prepare each of these students as they later become SNCC field secretaries. Cotton left school for a time to organize with SNCC in literacy and voter registration efforts. He was one of the first SNCC organizers in Wathall County in dangerous Southwest Mississippi. Read this important article about Mr. Cotton called "Raised in Mississippi."
Aubrey (Aubs.) Barnes is presently a 4th Grade teacher at Rivermount Collegiate School in Bettendorf. He has a nonprofit organization where he teaches youth about writing, poetry and the importance of the use of the spoken word. In addition to being an author he performs as a spoken-word artist and a battle rap enthusiast. When Aubs. isn’t on stage or in the classroom, where he often works with at-risk children, he contributes to The Black Thoughts Podcast, as its co-founder and host. Here's a great article about Aubrey.
Avery D. Pearl II is the Assistant Director at TMBC at the Lincoln Resource Center. He is a public speaker and author. His book is 100 YEARS of Anti-Black Policing. He lives in Davenport.
Of course the speakers in our film will be available for the Legacy Panel's discussion, although they will not be sitting on stage. See the latest version of I Am the Future: Standing on the Shoulders of the Past here. You can read the bios of our film stars on this blog post.
We encourage everyone to join us in this fun evening. We have a lot in the works and look forward to seeing you there.