In celebration of Black History Month, Elizabeth City State University will present a series of films and events under the theme “Civil Rights in America.” There is no admission for the events.
The four-part film symposium will be held every Thursday. The first two films will be in the Mary Albritton Douglas Auditorium (Rm. #206) before moving to Room #216 of the Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex for the last two films.
Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m.
The second film of the series ( the first film screened Thurssday) is entitled “The Sapphires.” This 2012 Australian film shows how the music of Civil Rights movement transcended America’s borders. It is loosely based on the experiences of an all-female Australian aboriginal singing group named the Sapphires who brought “soul music” of Stax Records to the soldiers in Vietnam.
Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m.
The third film of the series is entitled “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” This 2002 documentary recounts the story of the Funk Brothers who were the handpicked by Berry Gordy in 1959 to become the house band for Motown recordings from 1959 to 1972.
Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m.
The fourth and final film within our symposium is entitled “Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power.” This thought-provoking 2005 documentary depicts the life of Robert F. Williams, a civil rights activist from Monroe, N.C. and forefather of the Black Power movement.
In addition, faculty and students will showcase their research and expertise on an array of topics every Tuesday afternoons in a Brown Bag discussion series. All discussions will be in Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex, Room #216 at 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Douglas A. Jackson, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, will discuss music during the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Charles Cherry, School of Education and Psychology and Dr. Claudie J. Mackey, the Marc Basnight Endowed Chair in the School of Education and Psychology will participate in a roundtable discussion on their experiences as students at ECSU during the Civil Rights Movement.
Students will share research papers and documentary on under-appreciated individuals and movements in the long struggle for civil rights in the United States.