News and Updates from the Maestra Team!
September 2015 | News and Updates
Dear Maestra friends and family,

We are kicking of a month of screenings, with events in Oregon, Ohio, NC and DC, including two events with Staughton & Alice Lynd and a screening in the same theatre in Oxford, Ohio where the 1964 SNCC Freedom School orientation was held. Staughton and Alice are lifelong educators - including working in the Mississippi Freedom Schools - and have been tireless organizers in the struggles for justice. We are excited about the ways they connect the Maestra story to past and current work for justice in the US.

We still have requests coming in for screenings and are delighted to continue sharing this story.

For more info or questions, write us at 

Un Abrazo,

Catherine Murphy and the Maestra Team

In this Issue:
Upcoming Screenings
Teaching for Change Fundraiser
Our Team: Fall Work Retreat

The Issues:
Education | Social Justice | Cuba

Staughton Lynd during Freedom Summer

Photo: A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer, Richard Beymer
Staughton Lynd addresses Freedom School teachers at Orientation in Oxford, Ohio
Photo: Herbert Randall Source: Teaching for Change




From West to East, we have upcoming screenings in Oregon, Ohio, NC and DC!
  • Sept 28 @ 6pm - Multnomah County Library. Oregon (Spanish language event) More info
  • Oct 1 @ 7pm Screening with Staughton & Alice Lynd in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 4 @ 4pm - Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice. Oxford Interfaith Center. Oxford, Ohio
  • Oct 5 @ 6pm - Leonard Theatre, Miami University. Oxford, Ohio
  • Oct 8 @ 7:30pm  - Shirley Recital Hall, Elberson Fine Arts Center, Salem College. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Oct 11  - Teaching for Change Fundraiser. Washington, DC
We were hoping that Norma Guillard, Literacy Campaign volunteer and sociologist, would join us for fall screenings. Her trip has been postponed so she can rest and recuperate from some minor health issues. We look forward to having her here next year. For this reason, some of the previously announced screenings have been postponed.





We are thrilled to support our friends and partners Teaching for Change with a house party fundraiser screening and a Q & A with Catherine on October 11 @ 11:30am in DC. 

If you are able, you can donate here. Your donation to Teaching for Change is tax-deductible and helps provide teachers and parents with tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world.

If you live in the DC area and would like to attend, please let us know!

Our Team


Fall Work Retreat

Earlier this month, we had a two-day Literacy Project work retreat, giving us time to discuss our projects ~ the ongoing Maestra work, and starting on our next film about literacy and liberation education in the US.
We filled up the walls with ideas and plans that we'll share with you in the coming months!

The Issues:

Education | Social Justice | Cuba


Illinois Disrupting School-to-Prison Pipeline

Last month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law what is widely considered the most sweeping effort in the nation to rein in punitive school discipline practices that have pushed disproportionate numbers of African American students out of school. Read more.

Barbershop Literacy

At "Tales 4 trims" Barber Courtney Holmes offered free back-to-school haircuts for students who read him a story.

"I think it's important that kids should read," said Holmes. At the end of each haircut he asks, "What was this book about?"

#literacyeverywhere #neighborhoodteachers

Read more




Las editoriales Chirimbote y Sudestada lanzaron la colección de libros infantiles "Antiprincesas", basados en historias de mujeres latinoamericanas. Hasta ahora se publicaron dos, sobre Frida Kahlo y Violeta Parra. El próximo narrará a Juana Azurduy. Leer más.

The publishers Chirimbote and Sudestada launched "Antiprincesas" a collection of children's books based on stories of Latin American women. So far they've published two books, on Frida kahlo and Violeta Parra. Read more.
We are raising funds to continue  distributing Maestra and to expand the work of The Literacy Project's work in documenting the role of literacy in social justice movements across the Americas. Follow us on social media, share with your friends, and please consider making a donation to support our work.
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