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Civil Rights on Long Island, 1950-1980

Racism on Long Island: A Brief History

2018-02-24 14:30:00 2018-02-24 16:30:00 America/New_York Civil Rights on Long Island, 1950-1980 Meet Civil Rights pioneers who will describe their struggles and accomplishments to establish civil rights in the United States' first suburb. Main Library

Saturday, February 24
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Add to Calendar 2018-02-24 14:30:00 2018-02-24 16:30:00 America/New_York Civil Rights on Long Island, 1950-1980 Meet Civil Rights pioneers who will describe their struggles and accomplishments to establish civil rights in the United States' first suburb. Main Library

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Meeting Room A & B

Meet Civil Rights pioneers who will describe their struggles and accomplishments to establish civil rights in the United States' first suburb.

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Meet Civil Rights pioneers who will describe their struggles and accomplishments to establish civil rights in the United States' first suburb.

Moderated by Paul Arfin, author of Unfinished Business: Social Action In Suburbia.

Paul Arfin

Over a 50+ year professional career, Paul Arfin developed the first youth center in Suffolk County and the first suburban community mediation center in an American suburb. In the late 1960s, he worked for the Long Island Council of Churches as its Migrant Community Coordinator, advocating for the needs of migrant farm laborers. He established the YMCA’s Family Services Division intergenerational day care centers and Community Programs Center where he created three intergenerational day care centers for child and older adults. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia during the early 1960s, Arfin is an inductee of the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame. After retiring, Arfin founded Intergenerational Strategies and assisted Family Service League to establish HomeShare Long Island. He served as New York State coordinator for Seniors4Kids, a program that enables older adults to serve as advocates for early care education. He was an instructor at Hofstra University where he taught classes in civic engagement. At Dowling College, he developed an intergenerational studies program. He is author of “Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia – Long Island NY 1945-2014” his memoirs, “Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo.”


Dr. Frances L. Brisbane

Dr. Frances Brisbane is Vice President for Health Sciences and Workforce Diversity at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is Dean of the Black Alcoholism and Addictions Institute, co-sponsored by the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council in Washington, D.C. and The Morehouse Research Institute of Morehouse College.

During the 1960s, Dr. Brisbane, gave priority to being in " every march, every meeting" with federal, state, and local officials on issues of social justice, elimination of poverty, education literacy for everyone, farm workers’ rights, etc., that she was able to attend.

Dr. Brisbane is co-founder of "Counseling and Treating People of Colour: An International Perspective," a conference that discusses health, mental health, substance abuse, AIDS, violence, and education across cultural lines. This conference, now in its 24th year, is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and has been held in eight different countries, Puerto Rico and the states of Hawaii, Arizona, and California.

In 2007, Dr. Brisbane received the U.S. President's highest honor for Service and Civic Participation. She has also received the SUNY University President's Award for Excellence in Diversity and Affirmative Action. Dr. Brisbane is founder and director of the School of Social Welfare's Center for Culturally Competent Education and Training. The Center has trained and certified over 1500 people as being cultural competent professionals.

Dr. Brisbane is a life member of the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the Community Action Network. Dr. Brisbane is an undergraduate of New York University, received her MSW and MA degrees from Columbia University, and Ph.D. from Union Graduate School and University.

Janet Hanson

Janet Hanson moved to Port Jefferson in 1966 with her husband, a one-year-old daughter and a 2-week-old son. She soon joined the League of Women Voters, where she learned of the substandard housing conditions that lower-income families lived in and was introduced to the widespread racial discrimination that prevented African American families from buying or renting housing in neighborhoods outside of identifiable areas. She soon became active in NAACP and joined with other efforts to seek local Open Housing ordinances in Brookhaven Town and its villages, including Port Jefferson. After volunteering in the housing department of the then Smith Haven Ministries, she helped incorporate that housing department into Suffolk Housing Services and served as Executive Director from 1973 to 1987 and then as a private Civil Rights Consultant until she retired in 2013.  Her primary expertise is in preparing individual cases of discrimination for litigation and in preparing challenges to systemic governmental discrimination such as exclusionary zoning and housing policies.

Aldustus Jordan

Dr. Aldustus E. Jordan is Associate Dean and Clinical Associate Professor in the Stony Brook School of Medicine. As a passionate advocate for the role of education in fighting for racial equality and social justice, he has been active for 50 years in developing and implementing programs that provide educational opportunity for persons in Long Island communities that have been traditionally by-passed due to racism, segregation, and neglect.  He is a co-founder of ERASE Racism and its first board chair and  immediate president of Stony Brook's Black Faculty and Staff Association. He was also co-Principal Investigator (NIH) Community Alliance For Research Empowering Social Change (CARES) which trained community residents in community participatory research techniques.

Dr. Jordan has received numerous awards recognizing his work for children and families including the David Award from Networking Magazine, Long Island Man of the Year from the Suffolk Community Council, and recently the Mary McCleod Bethune Award in Education from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.- Suffolk County.

Marvin Colson

Marvin L. Colson is an Associate Clinical Professor, School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University. Marvin has committed his professional and personal life for the ongoing struggle to fight for social justice. After returning from the Vietnam War, he experienced and lived through significant discrimination and social injustice on Long Island, specifically for those who had no voices. Marvin worked with the late, Mr. Kenneth Anderson, Mrs. Elsie Owens, Mr. John Colson, Mr. James Couch and other freedom fighters in Suffolk County. He has been a member of the Brookhaven NAACP since 1975.

Marvin was the founding Director for the Elsie Owens (Coram) Health Center, where much needed primary health services was finally made available to the North Brookhaven community. Marvin participated and joined many national and local social, environmental and civil rights initiatives to address: affordable housing, access to quality health services, eliminating “red-ling” in many minority communities, the inequities in the Suffolk County criminal justice system, exclusionary zoning and migrant farmer’s advocacy.

He was the first African American in the history of Brookhaven Town, to be appointed the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals (where he served for over 7 years, member, vice chair and chair). He is still on the front line fighting for justice for all people, and addressing civil and human rights for all people.


Conozca a pioneros de los Derechos Civiles que describirán sus luchas y logros para establecer los derechos civiles en el primer suburbio de los Estados Unidos.

Moderado por Paul Arfin, autor de Unfinished Business: Social Action In Suburbia.

Pablo Arfin

Durante más de 50 años de carrera profesional, Paul Arfin desarrolló el primer centro juvenil en el condado de Suffolk y el primer centro de mediación comunitaria suburbano en un suburbio americano. A finales de la década de 1960, trabajó para el Consejo de Iglesias de Long Island como su Coordinador de la Comunidad Migrante, abogando por las necesidades de los trabajadores agrícolas migrantes. Estableció la División de Servicios Familiares de la YMCA intergeneracional de guarderías infantiles y el Centro de Programas Comunitarios donde creó tres centros intergeneracionales de guarderías infantiles y para adultos mayores. Ex voluntario del Cuerpo de Paz en Colombia a principios de la década de 1960, Arfin es un miembro del Salón de la Fama de Voluntarios de Long Island. Después de retirarse, Arfin fundó Intergenerational Strategies y asistió a Family Service League para establecer HomeShare Long Island. Sirvió como coordinador del Estado de Nueva York para Seniors4Kids, un programa que permite a los adultos mayores actuar como defensores de la educación para el cuidado temprano. Fue instructor en la Universidad Hofstra donde dictó clases de compromiso cívico. En Dowling College, desarrolló un programa de estudios intergeneracionales. Es autor de "Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia - Long Island NY 1945-2014" sus memorias,"Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo".


Dr. Frances L. Brisbane

La Dra. Frances Brisbane es Vicepresidenta de Ciencias de la Salud y Diversidad Laboral en la Universidad Estatal de Nueva York en Stony Brook. Es decana del Instituto de Alcoholismo y Adicciones Negras, copatrocinado por el National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council en Washington, D. C. y el Morehouse Research Institute de Morehouse College.

Durante la década de 1960, la Dra. Brisbane dio prioridad a estar en " cada marcha, cada reunión" con funcionarios federales, estatales y locales sobre temas de justicia social, eliminación de la pobreza, alfabetización educativa para todos, derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas, etc., a los que pudo asistir.

El Dr. Brisbane es cofundador de "Counseling and Treating People of Colour: An International Perspective" (Consejando y Tratando a las Personas de Color: Una Perspectiva Internacional), una conferencia que discute la salud, la salud mental, el abuso de sustancias, el SIDA, la violencia y la educación a través de las líneas culturales. Esta conferencia, que ahora cumple 24 años, es la única de su tipo en los Estados Unidos y se ha llevado a cabo en ocho países diferentes, Puerto Rico y los estados de Hawai, Arizona y California.

En 2007, el Dr. Brisbane recibió el más alto honor del Presidente de los Estados Unidos por Servicio y Participación Cívica. También ha recibido el premio SUNY University President's Award for Excellence in Diversity and Affirmative Action. El Dr. Brisbane es fundador y director del Centro de Educación y Capacitación Culturalmente Competente de la Escuela de Bienestar Social. El Centro ha capacitado y certificado a más de 1500 personas como profesionales competentes en cultura.

El Dr. Brisbane es miembro vitalicio de la NAACP, la National Urban League y la Community Action Network. La Dra. Brisbane es graduada de la Universidad de Nueva York, recibió sus títulos de MSW y MA de la Universidad de Columbia, y su doctorado de la Escuela de Graduados y la Universidad de la Unión.

Janet Hanson

Janet Hanson se mudó a Port Jefferson en 1966 con su esposo, una hija de un año y un hijo de dos semanas. Pronto se unió a la Liga de Mujeres Votantes, donde se enteró de las condiciones de vivienda deficientes en las que vivían las familias de bajos ingresos y fue introducida a la discriminación racial generalizada que impedía a las familias afroamericanas comprar o alquilar viviendas en vecindarios fuera de áreas identificables. Pronto se convirtió en activa en NAACP y se unió a otros esfuerzos para buscar ordenanzas locales de vivienda abierta en Brookhaven Town y sus aldeas, incluyendo Port Jefferson. Después de ser voluntaria en el departamento de vivienda del entonces Ministerio Smith Haven, ayudó a incorporar ese departamento de vivienda en Suffolk Housing Services y sirvió como Directora Ejecutiva de 1973 a 1987 y luego como Consultora Privada de Derechos Civiles hasta que se jubiló en 2013. Su principal experiencia es en la preparación de casos individuales de discriminación para litigios y en la preparación de desafíos a la discriminación sistémica gubernamental, como la zonificación excluyente y las políticas de vivienda.

Aldustus Jordania

El Dr. Aldustus E. Jordan es Decano Asociado y Profesor Asociado Clínico en la Escuela de Medicina Stony Brook. Como apasionado defensor del papel de la educación en la lucha por la igualdad racial y la justicia social, ha sido activo durante 50 años en el desarrollo e implementación de programas que ofrecen oportunidades educativas a las personas en las comunidades de Long Island que tradicionalmente han sido eludidas debido al racismo, la segregación y el abandono.  Es cofundador de ERASE Racism y su primer presidente de la junta directiva y presidente inmediato de Stony Brook's Black Faculty and Staff Association. También fue co-investigador principal (NIH) de Community Alliance for Research Empowering Social Change (CARES) que capacitó a los residentes de la comunidad en técnicas de investigación participativa comunitaria.

El Dr. Jordan ha recibido numerosos premios que reconocen su trabajo para los niños y las familias, incluyendo el premio David de la revista Networking Magazine, Long Island Man of the Year del Consejo Comunitario de Suffolk, y recientemente el premio Mary McCleod Bethune Award in Education del National Council of Negro Women, Inc. de Suffolk County.

Marvin Colson

Marvin L. Colson es Profesor Clínico Asociado, Escuela de Bienestar Social, Universidad Stony Brook. Marvin ha dedicado su vida profesional y personal a la lucha constante para luchar por la justicia social. Después de regresar de la guerra de Vietnam, experimentó y vivió una significativa discriminación e injusticia social en Long Island, específicamente para aquellos que no tenían voz. Marvin trabajó con el difunto Sr. Kenneth Anderson, la Sra. Elsie Owens, el Sr. John Colson, el Sr. James Couch y otros luchadores por la libertad en el condado de Suffolk. Es miembro de la NAACP de Brookhaven desde 1975.

Marvin fue el Director fundador del Centro de Salud Elsie Owens (Coram), donde finalmente se pusieron a disposición de la comunidad de North Brookhaven los servicios de salud primaria que tanto se necesitaban. Marvin participó y se unió a muchas iniciativas sociales, ambientales y de derechos civiles a nivel nacional y local para abordar: vivienda asequible, acceso a servicios de salud de calidad, eliminar la "red-ling" en muchas comunidades minoritarias, las inequidades en el sistema de justicia penal del condado de Suffolk, la zonificación excluyente y la defensa de los agricultores migrantes.

Fue el primer afroestadounidense en la historia de Brookhaven Town, que fue nombrado Junta de Apelaciones de Zonificación de la ciudad (donde sirvió por más de 7 años, miembro, vicepresidente y presidente). Todavía está en primera línea luchando por la justicia para todas las personas y haciendo frente a los derechos civiles y humanos de todas las personas.

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