About this Project
This project started from an assignment I had for a class at UT Austin: Austin Jews in the Civil Rights Era taught by Suzanne Seriff. When I was assigned to research Fly by Night, I was frustrated at the lack of information online. This led me to find Robin Birdfeather, a woman who was connected to Fly by Night in 1975, who was kind enough to answer my questions and connect me with Alice Embree. Alice, who was a founding member of Fly by Night, was kind enough to answer my questions and meet me in-person to deliver some original prints from Fly by Night. Alice also connected me with Melita Abrego, a founding member of Fly by Night, who was also kind enough to answer my questions.
The more I learned, the more I became invested in these women and what they built. While Fly by Night and its successor were only around for 7 years, they and the women apart of it, had an immeasurable impact on Austin and their respective causes/communities. I think it’s important to remember the great things of the past, and Fly by Night certainly is one of them.