Resistance Beyond Walls & Borders

Films and Panel Discussion

Black History Month Celebration

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 10am-5pm

Lovinger Theater, Music Building, Lehman College

Rikers: An American Jail (60 min)

A riveting documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have survived incarceration at Rikers Island

  • Film: 10:00 am - 11:00am
  • Panel: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Damian Stapleton (Featured in the film)

Dr. Sunyata Smith (Lehman College, Education)

Dr. Carl Mazza (Lehman College, Social Work)

Moderated by: Dr. Mary Phillips (Lehman College, Africana Studies Dept)

COINTELPRO 101 (56 min)

COINTELPRO 101

A history reveals the FBI's strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating racial justice.

  • 2:00 - 3:00 Film
  • 3:00-5:00 Panel

BJ Johnson (Former Black Panther Party member)

Dr. Nicholas Boston (Lehman College, Journalism and Media Studies)

Sekou Odinga (Political prisoner and former Black Panther Party member)

Jennifer Yasmeen Sutton (Former Black Panther Party member)


Moderated by: Dr. Robyn C. Spencer (Lehman College, History Dept)

Organized by Dr. Mary Phillips, Africana Studies Dept and Dr. Robyn Spencer, History Dept

Sponsored by:

Africana Studies Department
Lehman College Provost Office
Dean of Arts and Humanities
History Department
Office of Campus Life

Later that afternoon: "Dramatic Escape" Film

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 5:30-7:30pm

Faculty Dining Room, Music Building, Lehman College

Dramatic Escape follows inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Upstate New York, as they attempt to mount a behind bars production of A FEW GOOD MEN.


Sponsored by the Lehman College Re-Entry Committee, School of Education &
Office of Campus Life.