The American project of liberty, equality, and justice has never been realized for all. For hundreds of years, regular people have worked together building powerful movements fighting for fundamental rights: the right to vote, the right to marry, the right to be recognized and treated equally, the right to control their own bodies, to identify as themselves, and to exist safely in this country. This never-ending pursuit of justice works in long waves, pushed forward by millions of small, intentional individual actions that collectively gain force to shift our laws, policies, and collective consciousness closer to the goal.
Since 2019 Temple Contemporary’s former director Rob Blackson along with writer and project manager Starr Herr-Cardillo have been working with acclaimed scholars and advocates to uncover overlooked stories that are emblematic of this country’s most fundamental goals. Tonight, we will be hearing stories from Terry Alston Jones, Jon Winkleman, and Carolina Chan Almeida whose lives are forever intertwined with this very personal and national struggle.
Major support for The Ongoing Revolution is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The Ongoing Revolution was initiated by Temple Contemporary at Temple University.
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Terry Alston Jones is a teacher who has spent her life in Warren County, North Carolina, now recognized as the birthplace of the environmental justice movement.
For six years in the 1990s, Jon Winkleman helped conceptualize, organize, and execute over a hundred actions to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Carolina Chan Almeida is a mother living in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico. In 2012, her son Marco Antonio left home to cross the border. He never made it. She has since worked to help other mothers coping with similar loss.
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