ALBA reunion on April 27 honors Pete Seeger, Bryan Stevenson: Tickets available

March 21, 2014
Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson. Photo courtesy of

The 78th anniversary celebration of the ALBA community will be held on Sunday, April 27 at the auditorium of the New School in New York City to honor the memory Pete Seeger and to bestow the 2014 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism upon Bryan Stevenson, head of the Equal Justice Initiative. (Tickets | Video | Press Kit | Press Release | Comunicado de Prensa)

The main event starts at 2:30pm, featuring a series of musical tributes to Seeger’s Spanish Civil War repertoire, followed by the Human Rights award ceremony. A smaller pre-event, starting at noon, will include a public conversation with Mr. Stevenson about the challenges facing those fighting for social and racial justice today.

The New School for Social Research, at 66 West 12th Street, is a fitting location for this event. In the 1930s it served as a refuge for European intellectuals fleeing fascist oppression.  It was also at the New School that Robert Capa organized one of the first photo exhibits of the Spanish Civil War aimed at raising funds for the Spanish Republic, resulting in his book Death in the Making.

The pre-event takes place in the Orozco Room, whose walls are covered with revolutionary images painted in 1931 by Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949). Orozco’s inclusion of an African-American seated at the head of the Table of Universal Brotherhood was considered controversial at the time; and during the McCarthy years, the school’s administration covered the figures of Lenin and Stalin with a yellow curtain, which it was forced to remove after intense protests.

78th Annual Celebration 

Sunday, April 27, 2014
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
Commemorating the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and presenting the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. This year’s program will include a special musical tribute to Pete Seeger.

Pre-Event Benefit, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

(doors open at 11:45am)
Orozco Room* (Room A712), The New School

Features a conversation on history, race, and justice with Bryan Stevenson and actor activist, Mike Farrell, among the social realist murals of José Clemente Orozco.  
Benefit Ticket includes: Pre-Event, lunch, and Annual Celebration.*The New School’s famed Orozco Room is named for José Clemente Orozco’s celebrated 1931 cycle of 5 frescoes “A Call for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood.”  A hidden gem among New York City’s art treasures, the Orozco Room is rarely accessible to the public.

78th Annual Celebration, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

(doors open at 2:00pm)
The Auditorium
, The New School
Reception to follow.

Features the presentation of the fourth ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Bryan Stevenson, founder & Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

With a songs of the Spanish Civil War and a special musical tribute to Pete Seeger.

Musical Guests:
Peter Blood & Annie Patterson
Jennifer Glass & Brian Koehler
Josh White Jr.

Honorary Committee: Julian Bond, Peter Coyote, Gael García Bernal, Oliver Stone

Host Committee: Burt Cohen, Dan Czitrom, Sebastiaan Faber, Jeanne Houck, Gabriel Jackson, Julia Newman, Ellyn Polsheck, Michael Ratner, Fredda Weiss

Click for TICKETS

 Press Kit ** Press Release ** Comunicado de Prensa

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to ALBA.  The money raised will help support ALBA’s continuing educational work and programs (click here)

Sponsored by the Puffin Foundation