11/24/2015

Black History Study Group examines history of protests in December events

The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group News Release


Contact: kcblackhistory@gmail.com 
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The Study Group examines history of protests in December events

Recent national and regional events have demonstrated the damaging effects of violence in the community and the power of directed protests. The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group (GKCBHSG or "The Study Group") welcomes the public to two timely programs which will feature films and community discussions related to contemporary issues and a noteworthy historic protest anniversary.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings Film Screening and Discussion, 6 p.m. December 1 is designated by Congress as "Rosa Parks Day" and is the 60th anniversary of the pivotal Montgomery Bus Boycott, challenging segregation in the American South. The National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO, will screen the documentary Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings. The film chronicles this and other events of the early Civil Rights Movement. A light reception will proceed the film. Post-film discussion will be led by Clarence Lang and Madison Lacy, both of the University of Kansas. Lacy is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and television executive, teaching film and media studies. His projects include Eyes on the Prize II. This program is part of the "20th Century Civil Rights and Liberties" film series in partnership with The Study Group. To make a reservation, call (816) 268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Under Siege: Violence and the Black Community, 1:30 p.m. The Study Group presents History Now! Community Voices and Current Events, a program at the Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E 17th St Ter (or Buck O'Neil Way), Kansas City, MO. The program aims to contextualize, through the lens of history, recent current national and local events affecting the black community. It will feature a moderated panel discussion with concerned citizens of Kansas City.

Through the theme "Under Siege," panelists will explore issues raised from recent events involving police brutality, targeted hate crimes, protests and violence within the community. Discussions will be led by The Study Group member Dr. Cecilia Robinson, with special remarks from Thomas Randolph, Manager of the KCMO Civil Rights Division. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are strongly encouraged for this free event. Please RSVP or send inquiries to kcblackhistory@gmail.com.

GKCBHSG is a chartered branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founder of Black History Month. Founded in September 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ASALH operates as local, state and international branches promoting greater knowledge of African American history through a program of education, research and publishing. For more information on The Study Group, link to www.facebook.com/kcblackhistory.

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