Temple Beth Elohim at 10 Bethel Rd., in Wellesley invites the public for a viewing this Sunday, Oct. 21 from 6:30-9pm, of the film Birth of a Movement, followed by discussion.
The documentary covers the controversy over the notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster film, The Birth of A Nation, about 100 years ago. Human rights, freedom of speech and a changing media landscape will all be up for discussion following the film. Panelists include:
- Dick Lehr, author, journalist, and Professor of Journalism at Boston University. Long-time Boston Globe legal affairs reporter and Spotlight team member, author of Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal and the 2014 book, Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights.
- Dr. Dolita Cathcart, Associate Professor of History, Wheaton College. Scholarly interests in race, gender, class, gender and identity, and the History of the Americas and African Diaspora Studies.
- Dr. Bob Bellinger, Associate Professor of History, Suffolk University; Director, Black Studies Program; Director, Clark Collection of African American Literature. Research interests include late 19thcentury African American history, West African history and culture, and West African drum traditions.
- Michael Curry, Esq., Senior Vice President of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and NAACP National Board of Directors. In 2017 he helped launch the NAACP’s inaugural “Next General Young Professional Leadership Program.” He portrays the role of William Monroe Trotter in the film Birth of a Movement.
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