Film Series: Conversations About Race and America

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE AND AMERICA
October 20 & 21, 2017

Beyond the Fields – Slavery at Middleton Place
A Middleton Place Foundation Production

October 20, 2017
Time: 6PM
FREE and open to the public. Reservations encouraged.

(Charleston, SC) Beyond the Fields – Slavery at Middleton Place is a documentary production of the Middleton Place Foundation that illuminates the lives led and the contributions made by some seven generations of people owned by the Middleton family in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Foundation has long been engaged in research and documentation that informed the interpretation of the history of the families – both black and white – that built and occupied Middleton Place from its founding in 1741. The documentary supplements work undertaken in the early 2000s that culminated in a book, also titled Beyond the Fields – Slavery at Middleton Place, that was published in 2008 and which itself was an offshoot of an exhibit of the same name mounted in Eliza’s House, a freedman’s house built in 1870 that is similar in style to antebellum slave cabins. Sponsored by Suffolk University's Black Studies Program and the History Department.

Panelists to be announced.
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The Birth of A Movement
Northern Light Productions
Directed by: Bestor Cram, Susan Gray

October 21, 2017
Time: 6PM
FREE and open to the public. Reservations encouraged.

In 1915, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s technically groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly The Birth of a Nation, unleashing a fight that still rages today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr's book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, captures the backdrop to this prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape. Sponsored by Suffolk University's Black Studies Program and the History Department.

The panel will include:
Professor Robert A. Bellinger, Suffolk University
Professor Dolita Cathcart, Wheaton College
Bestor Cram, Film Director
Michael Curry, Past President of Boston NAACP
Susan Gray, Film Director
Panel Moderator: Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston