Frank Dawson, who co-produced and co-directed the 2016 movie Agents of Change featuring actor Danny Glover, will be in Muskegon on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Baker College Student Center to participate in a screening and discussion of his film about the racial conditions that led to protest across college campuses in the 1960s.
The event, which begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public, is hosted by the MLK Unity Breakfast Committee, which celebrates the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and annually hosts the Unity Day Breakfast at MCC in January.
Agents of Change focuses on well-publicized events ranging from the 1968 unrest at San Francisco State, where Danny Glover was a student, to the image of black students with guns emerging from the Cornell University Student Union in April 1969, when Frank Dawson was a Cornell student.
In the late 1960s, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests.
The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam War movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, more than 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country.
Dawson is an Associate Dean and former Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College. He is also a producer, writer, and founding partner in NuHouse Media Group. He has served as Director of Comedy Development and Director of Programming at Universal Television, including as a production executive on the NBC dramatic series, “Miami Vice.” He also supervised the development of network series scripts and coordinated production of various comedy and drama television projects at the CBS Television Network.
Dawson earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Television and Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he was inducted into the school’s professional gallery of distinguished alumni.
For more information on the Agents of Change screening, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at (231) 777-0569.