Published on: Monday, February 10, 2020 Arts & Humanities

Free Civil Rights Film Screening this Thursday

Overlooked Films from the Civil Rights Movement

Free Film Screening

Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm 

Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. 

The civil rights movement is a long ongoing struggle with a fascinating history and some neglected stories. Please join us for a free screening of vintage films that shed light on the heroic pursuit of social justice and racial equality. Local filmmaker and film historian Richard Hall will lead this screening of three short documentaries in one of our Takoma Park Arts events celebrating Black History Month.

Filmed in 1963 by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, We’ll Never Turn Back features interviews with Fanny Lou Hamer, a 20 year-old Julian Bond, and black farmers in Mississippi who were harassed when they tried to register to vote.

A Time for Freedom documents the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom where Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks spoke at the Lincoln Memorial, six years before King’s famous “I have a dream” speech. In 1977, the U.S. government produced The Time Has Come, narrated by actor James Earl Jones, featuring interviews with prominent black elected officials, including a young John Lewis.

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Image: Still from We’ll Never Turn Back