RPEC Partners with VA Historical Society to Show Civil Rights Films

sa.33.virginia.historical.societyRPEC is pleased to announce a year long collaboration with the Virginia Historical Society. As part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the end of slavery, the Virginia Historical Society will screen four films that interpret the long history of the civil rights movement. A discussion facilitated by the Richmond Peace Education Center will follow each film. All programs are free and open to the public and reservations are not required. The powerful documentaries in the series include dramatic scenes of incidents in the long effort to achieve equal rights for all.

 

The first film, Slavery by Another Name, will be shown at the Virginia Historical Society on Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m.  Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Douglas Blackmon, the film tells the stories of African-American men and women throughout the South who were charged with petty crimes like vagrancy and were then bought and sold as unpaid convict labor.

 

The second film, The Loving Story, traces the legal battle by Mildred and Richard Loving to break Virginia’s law against interracial marriages, a battle that took them to the U.S. Supreme Court. This will be shown on June 19. Other films and showings will be: Freedom Riders, August 28, and The Abolitionists, November 6.

 

All showings will be at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA.

 

You can RSVP to the first event on Facebook here.