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ECSU hosts Black History Month film and discussion series
Dr. Hilary Green
February 6, 2013

Dr. Hilary Green In celebration of Black History Month, Elizabeth City State University will present a series of films and events under the theme “200, 150 and 50” in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Harriet Ann Jacobs’ birth, the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. There is no admission for the events which include a film symposium, brown bag luncheons and programs at the Khan Planetarium.

Film Symposium (Thursdays)

The four-part film symposium will be held every Thursday in the Mary Albritton Douglas Auditorium (Rm. 206) of the Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex.

4:15 pm on February 7
"Mighty Times: The Children's March"
This film is an Academy Award-winning documentary that depicts the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today's young people to be catalysts for positive social change. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of important Civil Rights Movement event.

3:30 pm on February 14
“King: A Filmed Record… From Montgomery to Memphis, Part 1"
This documentary depicts the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his non-violent campaign for racial equality and social justice. It uses only original newsreel and genuine footage from the time of the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 until Dr. King’s assassination in 1968.

3:30 pm on February 21
King: A Filmed Record… From Montgomery to Memphis.” Part 2
This documentary depicts the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his non-violent campaign for racial equality and social justice. It uses only original newsreel and genuine footage from the time of the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 until Dr. King’s assassination in 1968.

3:30 pm on February 28
“Freedom Song.”
The fourth and final film within our symposium, “Freedom Song,” starring Danny Glover tells the compelling story of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on a small Mississippi town.

Brown Bag Discussions (Tuesdays)

In addition, faculty and students will be showcasing their research on an array of topics every Tuesday afternoon in a Brown Bag discussion series. All discussions will be in Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex, Room 216. Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided.

12:30 pm on February 5
Dr. Hilary Green, Department of History and Political Science, will discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and Its Aftermath.

12:30 pm on February 12
Dr. Charles Reed, Department of History and Political Science, will discuss his research on South African activist Sol Plaatje’s travels to the United States at the turn of the 20th Century.

12:30 pm on February 19
Dr. Glen Bowman, Department of History and Political Science, will discuss “Rescue from Obscurity: Three African-American Educators from Northeast North Carolina, 1865-1892.”

12:30 pm on February 26
Roundtable discussion of ECSU faculty on the topic: “King’s Dream: Legacy of the March on Washington at Fifty Years.”

Assembly
“The Fragrance of Freedom” 3 pm on February 8 Location: Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center
Details: In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Harriet Ann Jacobs’ birth, the keynote presentation is The Fragrance of Freedom is a compelling new historical drama based on North Carolina native Harriet Ann Jacobs' autobiography, Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl (1861). A slave, abolitionist, feminist and woman of relentless determination and perseverance, Harriet risks her life and reputation to break the silence for enslaved African American women and ultimately enslaved women all over the world. Written and performed by Ms. Zyanda Anntoinette Johnson, The Fragrance of Freedom is a powerful 30 minute presentation and talk that examines the intricacies of enslavement, the notion of free will and a passionate quest for freedom.

Other Events . . .

African American History Month at Khan Planetarium
5 pm to 8 pm on February 28
Location: Khan Planetarium

Details: In celebration of African American History Month, the Khan Planetarium will host an evening show on February 28th. The program will include brief biographies of prominent and historic African American leaders, and video documentaries about the saga of slavery, the history of the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement, African contributions to American History, and more. Various films/events will start on the hour and half hour.

WRVS-FM 89.9 will broadcast a special program at 3 p.m. each Sunday in February in celebration of Black History Month. The topics follow:

Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special
Air Date: February 3

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement:
Air Date: February 10

Memories of the Movement from “The Tavis Smiley Show:”
Air Date: February 17

The Promised Land: Different Takes on the Legacy of Martin Luther King
Air Date: February 24

For more information, contact Dr. Hilary Green, 335-3602.

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