Agents of Change

Come see this important film screening on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 4-6 p.m. in Ferguson 100. Agents of Change will be shown from 4-5, and there will be a panel discussion from 5-6, with one of the filmmakers as well as a couple of civil-rights-era activists from NCA&T. The screening is being sponsored by UNCG, NCA&T, and a community organizing group called the Greensboro Counter Stories Project. Please consider offering extra credit, as we hope to have a large audience to welcome the filmmaker and panelists, some of whom are coming from as far away as California to join us.

The award-winning 2016 documentary Agents of Change  reveals the untold story of racial conditions on college campuses that led to the student protests of the late 1960’s. These protests gave birth to African American, Latino, and other ethnic studies departments and programs, many of which are under attack today. Greensboro played a pivotal role in these student movements; the film features Ed Whitfield, one of Greensboro’s heroes.

Join filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and local civil rights activists and historians in a discussion about the movement for social change on college campuses then and now.  This event is sponsored by UNCG’s Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Office of Leadership and Service Learning, and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, in partnership with NCA&T and the Greensboro Counter Stories Project.


From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960’s. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests.  The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past–making it not just a movie but a movement.



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