Monday, December 21, 2009

Brown Bag Film Series

On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, putting an end to legal segregation in public schools. A major triumph in the struggle for civil rights, the Brown decision fueled an entrenched campaign of massive resistance by many fearful whites throughout the region. In the years that followed, school desegregation took center stage in the media, as well as in the hearts and minds of citizens across the country. This spring, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia, invites you to consider the history and legacy of school desegregation by attending the Measuring Deliberate Speed Brown Bag Film & Discussion Series.

The Russell Library will host lunchtime screenings of five documentary films that explore the impact of school desegregation in the United States. Drawn from the collection of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection, the short films examine different perspectives and range in creation date from 1961 to 2007. Each screening will begin with an introduction from Peabody Awards Collection Archivist Mary Miller, and will conclude with an informal discussion about the topics addressed. The series will take place each Friday afternoon, from 12:00-1:00PM, January 22, 2010 through February 19, 2010 at the Richard B. Russell Library. A final screening and discussion event will be held on the evening of February 25, 2010 from 7:00-9:00PM, also at the Russell Library.

Schedule of Screenings:

Film: School: The Story of American Public Education (2001)
Date: Friday, January 22, 2010
Time: 12:00-1:00PM

Film: Hoxie: The First Stand (2003)
Date: Friday, January 29, 2010
Time: 12:00-1:00PM

Film: A Tale of Two Cities, 1961: Atlanta-Dallas Prepare for School De-Segregation (1961)
Date: Friday, February 5, 2010
Time: 12:00-1:00PM

Film: Busing: Some Voices from the South (1972)
Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Time: 12:00-1:00PM

Film: The Education of Ms. Groves (2006)
Date: February 19, 2010
Time: 12:00-1:00PM

**Evening Screening Even!**
Film: Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later (2007)
Date: February 25, 2010
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

This program series is free and open to all. For further information, please contact or call (706) 542-5788. For more information on the films listed above, visit the Peabody Awards Collection Database.

The Russell Library's exhibit, Measuring Deliberate Speed: Georgians Face School Desegregation, will remain on display in the library's main gallery through February 26, 2010. For more information on guided tours for groups or individuals, contact

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