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Connecting to Black History

Posted by Ashley on 1/26/2022 to News

"Tells us as much about life in the segregated South, and the history of the civil rights movement, as many lengthy volumes. At a time when the achievements of the struggle for racial justice are under unprecedented assault, viewers both young and old will learn about the realities of our history and the heroism of those willing to take a stand for equality."

— Eric Foner, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, and DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University

With a fierce debate underway about whether or not educators should honestly discuss America's complicated racial histories with their students, often obscured are the ways in which these events continue to reverberate through all of our lives. The Road to Justice highlights this critical truth, as both current students, as well as older adults who were children during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, embark upon a life-changing tour of place-based learning through the American South.

As they come face to face with historic sites in places such as Birmingham, Selma, and Little Rock, and dialogue with leaders and activists from the movement, long-held assumptions are challenged as the reality of what occurred where they stand becomes undeniable. A moving and inspiring testament to the work of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as educators who lay the foundations for it to continue, The Road to Justice is a valuable resource for schools and communities looking to engage with the past so as to create a just future.

As part of the Video Project and The Nation partnership, along with the film license, customers will also automatically receive a free one-year subscription to The Nation Classroom, which offers reportage and first-person essays from The Nation's coverage of civil rights and race relations since 1865, spanning Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter, as well as a wide range of invaluable educational resources.

Executive producer and educator André Robert Lee and Dialogue Facilitator Catherine Wigginton Greene are available for virtual and in-person speaking engagements. For booking, please contact [email protected]

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