Post-screening Q&A with film subject Rosalind McLymont
In April 1969, a small group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York, an elite public university located right in the heart of Harlem. Fueled by the revolutionary fervor sweeping the nation, the strike soon turned into an uprising, leading to the extended occupation of the campus, classes being canceled, students being arrested, and the resignation of the college president. Through archival footage and modern-day interviews, we follow the students' struggle against the institutional racism that, for over a century, had shut out people of color from this and other public universities. The Five Demands revisits the untold story of this explosive student takeover and proves that a handful of ordinary citizens can band together to take action and effect meaningful change.
Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont is an author, the executive editor of The Network Journal, a Black-owned and operated U.S. business magazine for Black professionals and business owners; and CEO/publisher of AfricaStrictlyBusiness.com, an online business news, analysis, and resource platform. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a bachelor’s degree in French from The City College of New York, and a Certificate in Spanish Language and Literature from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. She is featured in the award-winning film, “The Five Demands,” on the 1969 student takeover of the City College of New York.
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