UVA Arts, University of Virginia

Vol 01 Fall 14 Library
Faculty Research Grants

May Days: Crisis in Confrontation

The political tensions that spread across college campuses, and the nation as a whole, during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s nearly brought the University of Virginia to its boiling point. A new film project, May Days: Crisis in Confrontation, takes a fascinating look at a ten-day period of unprecedented upheaval on grounds from the perspective of James R. Roebuck. The film project by noted filmmaker and Department of Art Professor Kevin Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Associate Professor, Department of History and Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, received a 2014 Faculty Research Grant for the Arts. James R. Roebuck, the first African American president of U.Va.’s Student Council, showcased his remarkable leadership skills during the antiwar protests of 1970. His coolness under fire, and his unwavering commitment to his principles, would be instrumental in carrying the University through a most tumultuous ten days, and would later serve the budding activist well as a member of the U.S. Congress.

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