Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 18th 2016 9:30 -1 and 3 - 6:00
Howard Gittis Student Center
Reel Cinema 1755 North 13th Street
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Children of the Civil Rights (60 Minutes)
11:10 AM-1:00 PM
An Ordinary Hero (82 Minutes)
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Selma the Bridge to The Ballot (40 Minutes)
4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Mighty Times: The Children’s March (40 Minutes)
The MLK film festival will provide an opportunity to view documentaries that focus on the actions of young people in Civil Rights Movement. Following each video there will be a discussion. Snacks will be offered.
Sponsored by Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy & Leadership + The Office of Community Relations
Children Of The Civil Rights
This documentary film is about the strength of a group of young students who conducted sit-ins for six years in Oklahoma City. These students and their advisor, Clara Luper, started their protest in 1958, a year and a half before the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins. Their demonstrations never got violent, they never really made national news, but just about every restaurant in the city was desegregated before the Civil Rights Act was put into law. CHILDREN OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS, documents for the first time in history the six-year odyssey to freedom with the nation.
An Ordinary Hero
“An Ordinary Hero” is the amazing true story of one woman’s courage to help change the world. By the time she was 19 years old, legendary Civil Rights Activists, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in over three -dozen sit-ins and protests she was put on death row in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Penitentiary with other Freedom Riders. She was involved in one of the most famous and violent sit-ins of the Movement at the Jackson Woolworth lunch counter and helped plan and organize the March on Washington.
For her actions she was disowned by her family, attacked, shot at, cursed at, and hunted down by the Klan for execution. As a white southern woman Joan’s courage and fortitude in the Movement is highly regarded and recognized. She has been written about in several books including “Growing up in Mississippi”, “Breach of Peace”, and “We Shall Not Be Moved”.
Selma the Bridge to The Ballot
On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights activists left Selma, Alabama, on foot, marching for dignity and equality. 18 days, 54 miles, 1 police attack, 1,900 National Guard troops, 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and countless stories later, they arrived in Montgomery 25,000 strong and changed history. This film tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. Standing in their way: a century of Jim Crow, a resistant and segregationist state, and a federal government slow to fully embrace equality. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest and even murder, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. The Selma-to-Montgomery legacy includes the sacrifices of young people whose history is seldom told.
Mighty Times: The Children’s March.
"The Children's March" tells 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.