Reviews and Blog Posts: Civil Rights

Defining Documentaries

Girl Rising

As film festivals go, DOC NYC is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world.

Unstoppable Octobia May

by Sharon Flake

Reviewer Rating:
4

I am continuing my look at jFIC books with a female protagonist.  Set in Kansas in Jim Crow 1950s during the Korean War Octobia May lives with her aunt Shuma who runs a boarding house. Octobia has a vivid imagination and aong with her best friend (a boy) is on...

Longtime Activist, Poet, Actress, Playwright Ruby Dee dies at the age of 91

Ruby Dee: Photo credit blackenterprise.com Women of Power Legacy Award Winners

Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland Ohio, and inspired many as a humanitarian through seven decades of service in the world of entertainment and social activism.

Ruby Dee was often seen alongside her husband Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. Her career began in theater and she was famous for her supportive role in "A Raisin in the Sun" a play written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1957 which starred Sidney Poitier.

Remembering Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/vincent-harding-dead-died_n_5358585.htm

On May 19. 2014 the world said goodbye to Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, former Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation at Iliff School of Theology, in Denver Colorado.

Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, civil rights activist, historian, theologian, and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided us all with a more definitive approach, towards understanding the ongoing struggle of civil rights and social responsibility.

We Will Ride!! We Will Ride!! We Will Ride!!

Courtesy of ADAPT.org

Meet some folks who have spent time behind bars.

Larry Ruiz (1954-2012) had cerebral palsy and spent the first 18 years of his life warehoused in institutions for the physically and mentally disabled, or in nursing homes. It turned out he had a sharp mind! He was among the first to roll in front of a bus in protest of inaccessible transportation, and was arrested over 60 times. He lived independently for over 30 years after leaving the Heritage House nursing home in 1975.

The madness vase : a collection of poetry

by Andrea Gibson

Reviewer Rating:
3

Andrea Gibson was introduced to me in my college years. It was during one of those free events and when she recited her poetry, the room fell silent. So when I realized that she actually put out books of poetry, I was more than a little curious.

Soul on ice

by Eldridge Cleaver

Reviewer Rating:
4

Soul on Ice is pure expression. It's raw, it's frightening, at times it's repulsive; yet somehow Cleaver was able to lay the groundwork for a piece that is ultimately hopeful and encouraging, a piece that's representative of the time and place from which it grew. By providing a lyrical look...

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club January Selection

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for January: The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 is the award-winning story of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, who take a trip to Alabama in the summer of 1963. Young readers will relate to Kenny, the 10-year-old narrator of the story – his authentic observations and reactions really bring the experiences of an African American family in the 1960s to life.

REBELS REMEMBERED: “TO EARN AN INCOME”

Rebels Remembered

You’re invited to the premiere of:

REBELS REMEMBERED: “TO EARN AN INCOME”

This fourth and final film addresses 100 years of African-American employment discrimination in Colorado.

Monday, June 6, 2011, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library

Reception at 6 p.m. Film to follow. Free to the public.

 

Previous Rebels Remembered films documenting the history of the civil rights movement in Colorado will be available for purchase.

For additional information:
Jane Wasson: janewasson@comcast.net
Dick Alweis: dafilm@quest.net

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