Walter F. Anderson Award | Breaking Ethnic Barriers

Larry Rubin ’65

As an officer of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) Legacy Project, Larry is an advisor to the Black Lives Matter network and other activist groups, applying the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement to the challenges of today. He volunteers with Teaching for Change, helping to prepare K-12 curriculum material that teaches the real history of peoples’ struggles in America.

As a staff member of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, Rubin focused on African-American/Jewish Relations and did the same as part of a Philadelphia, PA, project preparing white communities for school busing.

Between 1961 and 1965, between stints at Antioch, Larry was an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in SW Georgia and Mississippi in support of African-Americans who were risking their lives attempting to register to vote.

In Mississippi, in 1964, at the height of racial violence, he helped black and white workers get together to form a union at the Marshall County Brick and Tile factory. He also helped organize Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party precincts and helped Mississippi tenant farmers participate in community committee elections held by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.He was beaten and arrested numerous times, and had the dubious honor of being attacked in a speech to the U.S. Senate by Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi, one of the guardians of white supremacy in the South.During one of his stints back at Antioch, he helped organize hourly employees into UE Local 767 and later negotiated a contract giving housekeepers, maintenance

He was beaten and arrested numerous times, and had the dubious honor of being attacked in a speech to the U.S. Senate by Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi, one of the guardians of white supremacy in the South.

During one of his stints back at Antioch, he helped organize hourly employees into UE Local 767 and later negotiated a contract giving housekeepers, maintenance workers, and others the right to take paid time off to participate in Community life.

He was a speechwriter for the National Education Association, the U.S. Department of Education and for the president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He was also a reporter for the Dayton Daily News and served four terms on the Takoma Park, Maryland City Council.

For most of 50 years, Larry has worked in the labor movement as an organizer, media and public relations specialist, speechwriter, and political advocate.

He is the Communications Director of the Washington Teachers Union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Larry entered Antioch with the class of 1965, but because of his work in the Movement his studies as a history major was sporadic over many years. In 1998 he completed his thesis on the migration of Russian Jews, 1881-1910, and finally earned his degree. He servedon the Antioch College Alumni Board from 1998-2003.


PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2010                                

Edythe Bagley ’47
Edythe was one of Antioch’s first African-American students in modern times to be integrated fully into the curriculum. She taught high school English, later earning her master’s degree in English from Columbia University, then taught and directed plays at Elizabeth State College, North Carolina A&T University, and Norfolk State University. She later earned a Masters in Fine Arts, a terminal degree in Theater, from Boston University, becoming, in 1965, the first African-American woman to do so. She was a key facilitator in the Civil Rights Movement that began to transform the South.

William David Chappelle III ’80
Bill worked in the Cooperative Education and Dean of Students departments starting in 1973, and taught as an adjunct instructor of singing. He helped organize H.U.M.A.N. (Help Us Make A Nation) in the 1970s with his close friend, social activist Jim Dunn, to advocate community empowerment and social activism. He helped found the African American Cross-Cultural Works (AACW).

Jim Dunn
Jim came to Antioch to teach in the Social Work Department, emphasizing experiential learning and community organizing. His gift of empowerment brought people together through workshops and conferences, such as “Students of the ‘60s meet with Students of the ‘70s to discuss the ‘80s,” where key individuals of the Civil Rights Movement attended and participated. He founded, with Bill Chappelle, H.U.M.A.N. (Help Us Make A Nation ) an organization which evolved into The People’s Institute, the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institution in the nation.

2011

Sylvia Cheryl Jones Turner ’67
Santa Ana College Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, award-winning choreographer and educator active in concert dance, professional theater, and arts organizations.

2012

Victor Garcia 
Victor is president of the Board of Del Pueblo in Southwest Ohio, a nonprofit social service organization dedicated to community building and advocacy for Spanish speakers in the region. Victor is Antioch College professor emeritus of foreign civilizations and languages, and taught Spanish and Latin American literature and history for 25 years.

2013

David C. Farrar ’66
In David Farrar's career as an opera stage director, he has broken many barriers. He is not only the first African-American to direct the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera, Covant Garden, the Opera del Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile, and the Opera Theatre at Oberlin, but  was the first African-American to stage Gershwin's complete Porgy and Bess in the United States. He was honored at the National Opera Association conference in Boston for his historic role as an African-American opera stage director and received the 1995 Distinguished Director Award.

2014

Chas Bennett Brack ’83
Throughout Chas's career, he has been actively involved with human rights organizations such as Men of All Colors Together NY and New York City Commission on Human Rights. Brack now works at Third World Newsreel, while distributing his highly acclaimed directorial debut, Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project. The film won Best at NewFest 2008. He is the recipient of the 2012 Black Gay Research Group Founder’s Spirit and Soul Awards for Outstanding Contributions in Service to the Black Gay Community.

2016

Ted Bunch ’83
Ted is an educator, activist, and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. Ted is an adviser to the United Nations, the White House, National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training
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