Date(s) - Friday 05/01/2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for a workshop with filmmaker Gavin Guerra before the film screening at 7 pm!
Upon learning that I was taught next to nothing about the Civil rights Movement, and that many of the heroes of that era were unknown to me, I became particularly intent on telling the story of a leader in Mississippi during the 1960’s named Bob Moses. Moses is a legend in the movement that most people outside of it have never heard of. His focus was voter registration of the poor, uneducated black population in Mississippi. He felt that voting was the key to unlocking political power and self-determination. The focus of the film shifted when the US Supreme court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, enabling states to enact sweeping new voting regulations that can potentially disenfranchise millions of eligible voters. The aim of the project now is to tie the fight for voting rights of 50 years ago to the current voting struggles that are happening today. By connecting the dots over the years we will illustrate how once the barriers to voting were removed a new game of manipulation and demographic courtship began. The goal is to educate the electorate and help preserve the stories of the elder, front line activists of the civil rights movement as they enter their 70s and 80s.
Co-sponsor: iEAR Presents!