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In the NYT: Alumnus Finds Treasure in University Archives

Martin Luther King Jr. lecturing on the American race crisis at Tishman Auditorium, February 6, 1964.

Martin Luther King Jr. lecturing on the American race crisis at Tishman Auditorium, February 6, 1964.

Miles Kohrman has been busy since graduating in May. Not only has the Eugene Lang College alumnus started working as a writer for Fast Company, but he’s also kept close ties with his alma mater, researching in the depths The New School’s archives. His interest there? A little known batch of recordings chronicling a public program from decades ago—one that included civil rights heavyweights Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Melvin Tumin and more.  The New York Times recently reached out to Kohrman to discuss the discovery, as well as what it reveals of the “day-to-day” struggles of the Civil Rights Movement.

Fifty years have past since the university hosted these scholars and advocates at a lecture series entitled “The American Race Crisis,” and Kohrman hopes to commemorate the event by organizing an exhibition. A collaboration between the Schomburg Center and The New School, the exhibition, which is set to open in February, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Race Crisis talks.

Read more about the audiotapes here.

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