Black, Brown & Green Voices: Rev. Herbert Daughtry
In the aftermath of the 1980-81 Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland, a group of African American Civil Rights activists travelled there with filmmaker St. Clair Bourne. The result was the film The Black and the Green, 1983. Rev. Herbert Daughtry (The House of the Lord Churches) was one of the activists who made that trip to Ireland. Now aged ninety and a person of immense standing in the civil rights sphere in New York for many decades, Rev. Daughtry shares his reflections on his Belfast trip and speaks to the current state of conversations on race in the US and beyond.
Thursday, February 18,
12:30 - 1:45 PM EST
Reverend Herbert Daughtry is the National Presiding Minister Emeritus of The House of the Lord Churches, serving from 1959-2019. He hails from a family that has produced five generations of Black church leaders. Currently National Presiding Minister of The House of the Lord Churches, he has previously served as Chairman of the National Black United Front as well as Founder and President of the African People’s Christian Organization. More than 50 years of involvement in church and community service has earned him the title, “The People’s Pastor.” His long career of activism began with the civil rights struggles in the 1950s working with Brooklyn CORE and Operation Breadbasket, and continued in the fight for community control of schools in the late 1960s. He subsequently helped to found several organizations, including Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Alonzo Daughtry Memorial Family Life Services, which serves the community through innovative programming such as Families of Victims Against Violence, and Alonzo Daughtry Memorial Day Care Center, which provides early childhood education under the motto, “Nurturing and Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow.” He currently serves as Chair of National Religious Leaders of African Ancestry Concerned about Darfur.
Black, Brown and Green Voices represents a documentation strategy and public humanities initiative that gives voice to the diversity of the Irish diaspora by recording life histories with Americans of Irish and African ancestry. The project director is historian Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey, who has been based at New York University since 2008, and is a founding board member of the African American Irish Diaspora Network. Funding for this project has been generously provided by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs through the Consulate General of Ireland, New York. This event is co-sponsored by NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYU DC Dialogues and the African American Irish Diaspora Network.