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WHO OWNS THE WALL OF FAME: SPIKE LEE'S DO THE RIGHT THING A. Previous “I ♥ NY promotion Death of Michael Griffith, 1986 B. Legacy of Howard Beach, Michael Stewart, killed by police chokehold. Tawana Brawley and her accusations C. Victims of Police Brutality 1. Do the Right Thing in Context of NYC Racial Politics of 1980s Shelton Lee, 1957 b. Previous feature-length films, She's Gotta Have It (1986).; School Daze (1988) 2. The Rapid Emergence of Spike Lee The Changing Character of Bedford-Styvesant— NYC’s premier black metropolis A. A Single Block on Stuyvesant Ave. B. Compare with Kurt Weill & Langston Hughes’s opera, Street Scene (1947) The Major and Minor Characters 3. A Day in the Life . . . Lee's Bed-Sty On every level, declarations of love struggle against overwhelming expressions of suspicion and resentment. The “Racial Slur Montage” 4. Love vs. Hate The Wall of Fame: the Problem of Symbolic Representation How to “Fight the Powers That Be”? 5. Who Owns the Wall of Fame? Film ends with Black “National Anthem”: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (James Weldon Johnson) and quotations from Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. 6. Settling Accounts: What does it mean to “do the right thing?” Ed Koch mayor of NY in 70s-80s, started I<3NY promo, unpopular with blacks, Beat by David Dinkins within Dem Party who then became mayor - 1990-94 Koch described as "testy"--called opponents "whiners" What holds people
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2008 for the course HIST 579 taught by Professor Kasson during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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