John O’Neal, the playwright, actor, director, educator and community/civil rights activist died February 15, 2019, in New Orleans after a lengthy battle with dementia. He was 78. O’Neal was a founding member of the Free Southern Theater in 1963 at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. It relocated to New Orleans in 1965. The theater’s mission was “to use theater as an instrument to stimulate the development of critical and reflective thought among black people in the South” while
Although our collections richly chronicle the ethnic experience throughout America, visitors to Amistad often assume, because of our location in New Orleans, that our holdings only document the history of African Americans within the city. However, one of the strongest collections at Amistad regarding the Civil Rights Movement deals with our host city.
The Kim Lacy Rogers collection came to Amistad in installments, beginning in 1979, and is one of the first multimedia col