Photo of man and woman holding banner during a Civil Rights protest
©1964 George Ballis, Courtesy CDEA

“Activism Then & Now”

The Social Justice Institute will treat a group of students to dinner, admission to an exhibition at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and seats to a panel discussion titled “Activism Then & Now” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Maltz Museum (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood).

The discussion, which is open to the public, will examine issues surrounding the current exhibition at the Maltz Museum, “This Light of Ours,” which showcases the works of activist photographers during the civil rights era.

The event will feature Rhonda Williams, founder and director of the Social Justice Institute, and other panelists:

  • Civil rights attorney James L. Hardiman;
  • Local activist Rachelle Smith;
  • The Fixers producer Kate Sopko; and
  • Textual activist/entrepreneur RA Washington.

They will discuss the effectiveness and reach of modern-day activism while imagining new ways forward.

The students hosted by the institute will meet at Tinkham Veale University Center, go to a local restaurant for dinner, visit the museum and attend the panel discussion.

Email Lisa Kollins at to be one of the students. A limited number of spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public tickets to the event are $12 (or $6 for museum members). Buy tickets for the event.