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Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round

Dates : September 15, 2024 — September 19, 2024

Five Black students rode a segregated carousel in 1960, igniting one of the earliest organized interracial civil rights protest in US history. ‘Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round’ is the untold story of the Jews they marched with, Nazis they provoked, Congressmen they inspired, and Civil Rights leaders they became.

Overview

Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round is the untold story of the first organized interracial civil rights protest in U.S. history. When 5 Howard University students sat on a Maryland carousel in 1960, the arrests made headlines. When the white community near Glen Echo Amusement Park joined the Black students in picketing, an extraordinary history-making partnership was born. The pickets attracted Nazis, Congressman, and a press avalanche. Picketing together over the sweltering summer led to partying together, and union organizers mentored student activists. Ten 1961 Freedom Riders, including Stokely Carmichael, were incubated on the Glen Echo picket line, and the carousel arrests were challenged in the Supreme Court case.  

With never-before seen footage, and immersive storytelling by Emmy-award winning director Ilana Trachtman (Praying with Lior, Black in Latin America, The Pursuit), four living protesters rescue this forgotten history, revealing the price, and the power, of heeding the impulse to activism. Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round includes voiceover by noted actors Jeffrey Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Bob Balaban, Lee Grant, Peter Gallagher, Dominique Thorne, Alysia Reiner and Tracie Thoms.

Co-presented with the EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility.

About the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility:
The Center for Social Responsibility offers both hands-on volunteer opportunities as well as learning about systemic inequality in our communities. At the core of our work is Judaism’s sacred mandate to create justice and repair the world. Join us at www.edcjcc.org/volunteer.

  • Dir. Ilana Trachtman | 89 min
  • Documentary | United States | 2024
  • English

Schedule

Sunday, September 15, 2024

6:00 PM Cafritz Hall
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Monday, September 16, 2024

7:30 PM Cafritz Hall
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Tuesday, September 17, 2024

7:30 PM Cafritz Hall
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Wednesday, September 18, 2024

7:30 PM Cafritz Hall
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Thursday, September 19, 2024

7:30 PM Cafritz Hall
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