"Girl at Gee's Bend" / Arthur Rothstein, 1937 / Library of Congress Joseph Tirella will present a talk, “Peace Through Understanding: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Fight for Civil Rights.”
This talk is presented in conjunction with Lehman College Art Gallery’s exhibition “The Gee’s Bend Tradition,” which not only highlights the quilts that were an integral part of the Gee’s Bend culture through generations, but also links significant events of the Civil Rights movement to the people of Gee’s Bend, Alabama who were ardent supporters of the movement.
Joseph Tirella, a graduate of Queens College, is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vibe, Rolling Stone, Esquire, People, and Reader’s Digest, among other publications. A former senior editor at Fortune Small Business he is currently the Associate Director of Media Relations at Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer.
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