March 04, 2013
Herkimer County Community College will host a multi-media event with Safiya Bandele presenting Ida B. Wells: Warrior for Justice. Bandele will cover the themes in Wells’ life: gender defiance, critical resistance, community organizing and internationalism. The program will be held Tuesday, March 12 from 12:30-1:20 pm in Alumni Hall, room 217 of the McLaughlin College Center.
Bandele talks, chants, dances against a visual backdrop of southern horrors/lynching and the haunting music of “Strange Fruit.” Her career has spanned 34 years at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, where she served as instructor, Women’s Advocate and Director of the Center for Women’s Development.
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was a journalist, educator, wife, mother, suffragette and internationalist. She is known for her anti-lynching work. At the age of 22, she refused to move to a “colored car” on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad and was forcibly thrown off the train.
The presentation, sponsored by the College’s Women’s Club, is open to the public free of charge.