Cynthia Newhall was just a teenager when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968. On April 18, her 16th birthday, Newhall decided to dedicate her life to the struggle for equality.
Born in 1952, Newhall calls herself a long lost daughter of the South. Her grandmother was born in Mississippi, and Newhall, who is a native of Washington, Pa., moved to Mississippi in 2007 from Los Angeles.
"I love Mississippi," she said. "I believe in Mississippi. The bravest of our American elders sacrificed to move us closer to democracy."
Newhall began her career as a broadcast journalist in 1979 and worked as a television director, producer and writer for various television stations including ABC for 25 years. For the past year, Newhall worked at Lumpkin's BBQ where she assisted customers and helped organize community events. She began volunteering as a filmmaker with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance in April 2010, and recently left Lumpkin's to serve as MIRA's communication and development associate. Newhall recently completed the organization's Building Racial Equity and Topple Hate Effectively (BREATHE) Oral History and Documentary project. For the project, she worked with a production team and interviewed 40 people across the state who exemplify the struggle for immigrant and human rights. The film was showcased at MIRA's annual UNITY conference in November.
Poor People's Campaign
Cynthia Newhall June 20, 2018 ·
...burning Confederate flag at gov's mansion Mississippi Poor People's Campaign
- EconomicDemocracy #HumanRights — with Jaz Brisack.
Discussion with Sekou Odinga
Iya'Falola H. Omobola August 24, 2017 ·
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at this event. — with Rukia Lumumba, Chevon Chatman, Baba Ifalowo Asante Nalls, Frank Figgers, Evelyn Reed, Amalya Yasmine Livingston, Bashiri Meterti, Erick Ellis El, DeKeither Stamps, Hd Lathon, Asinia Lukata Chikuyu, Samuel X. Clark, Adib Sabir, Fa'seye Sunny Indigo Gonzalez, Ivory Phillips, Jaribu Hill, Hollis Watkins, Kourtney Witha K. Bell, Kali Akuno, Angela Stewart, Cynthia Newhall, Joshua Quinn, Dominique Walker, Felicia King, Charles Brown, Halima Olufemi and Stanley Wesley.
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.
Those invited, on Facebook included Cynthia Newhall.