Great Minds, Great Conversations: Secrets of the Hollow: Last Disintegrated School
A film screening and Q&A.
Alicia Crowe ’85 and Alice Crowe ’85 discuss their short documentary, which shares the untold story of Thurgood Marshall’s fight in 1943 to desegregate the last segregated school in New York State—more than 10 years before his famous Landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education.
Narrated by Chuck D, Adelphi alumnus, former member of WBAU Radio, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with Public Enemy and Lifetime Grammy Award recipient.
This great conversation, will be moderated by Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
About the Speakers
Alicia Crowe ’85, a graduate of Adelphi University and Howard University School of Law, is a lawyer and creator from New York. Together with her identical twin sister Alice, she started ACroweFlyz Productions to envision, direct and produce works that seek to tell impactful stories of the Black experience.
While at Adelphi, the Crowe sisters were members of the student radio station WBAU, where Ms. Crowe served as talk show host of “The Public Voice” and became the first African American female station manager.
Her first film, “Last Disintegrated School,” is the first in a four-part series entitled “Secrets of the Hollow: The Hidden History of Blacks in Rockland County.” “Last Disintegrated School” was screened at several film festivals, including Pan African Film Festival 2020 and Yonkers Film Festival 2019, where it selected for the Yonkers Micro Fest Black History Month Showcase 2020.
Ms. Crowe received the Juror’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival 2019. In 2018, she wrote, produced and performed in her one woman show, “Come on Up… My Castle’s Rockin’, ” about legendary jazz and blues pioneer Alberta Hunter, at NYC Triad Theater. She released the “Alberta Hunter Live” tribute album, produced by Chuck D and David Snyder with Splitslam Records, in 2020.
Alice T. Crowe
A graduate of Adelphi University and Howard University School of Law, Alice T. Crowe ’85, along with her twin sister Alicia, founded the law firm of Crowe & Crowe, where they have practiced for over 20 years.
As students at Adelphi, the Crowe sisters were members of WBAU Radio. Alice also produced a public affairs radio show called “The Public Voice” and wrote for Adelphi’s student newspaper, The Delphian.
After college, Ms. Crowe was a freelance writer for the Rockland County Journal News and a contributing author to “Race, Population Studies, and America’s Pubic Schools: A Critical Demography Perspective.” Her entrepreneurial skills as the manufacturer of Emmaline’s All Natural Hot Sauce earned her the Whole Foods Market Local Hero award in 2007.
Ms. Crowe has recently completed a documentary film, “Last Disintegrated School,” the untold story of the day in 1943 when Thurgood Marshall came to Hillburn, New York to tear down segregation at Brook School. “Last Disintegrated School” was selected for the Ogeechee Historical Film Festival at Georgia Southern University, the Queen City Cinephiles Festival in Charlotte North Carolina, the Yonkers Film Festival, and the Pan African Film Festival.
Crowe is a former member of Rockland County Journal News Community Member Editorial Board.
This event and documentary license is sponsored by Adelphi University Libraries.