In Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th Birthday
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Avenue, Palo Alto [map]
FREE and open to all. Contributions will be requested. Wheelchair accessible.
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JUDGE LEONARD EDWARDS
Participant in Freedom Summer / Retired Superior Court Judge
Stanford Student Organizer for Silicon Shutdown #BlackLivesMatter
From Freedom Summer to #ICantBreathe … The Struggle Continues
Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, the nation’s most segregated state.
In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. The summer was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of thirty-five churches, and the bombing of seventy homes and community centers. In the face of this violence, these organizers, volunteers, and Mississippians worked together to canvass for voter registration, create Freedom Schools, and establish an alternative challenge to the State Democratic Party — the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Borne of Freedom Summer, and in response to the challenges of registering voters directly within hostile Mississippi, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party registered its own voters outside of the discriminatory system, ultimately sending a delegation of sixty-eight members to attend the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City to confront and unseat the all-white delegation. View a trailer @ PBS
Stanley Nelson, the film’s director, is co-founder and executive director of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians; and co-founder of the for-profit documentary production company, Firelight Films. His latest films include Freedom Riders, which aired on PBS’ American Experience and Wounded Knee, which is part of the landmark series on Native Americans We Shall Remain. His film Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple was subsequently shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage.
This special screening is being done in collaboration with the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) and is part of the the year-round community program “UNAFF Cafe.”
Originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNAFF was founded by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic with the participation of the Stanford Film Society and the UNA Midpeninsula Chapter, a community-based nonprofit organization.
UNAFF celebrates the power of films dealing with human rights, environmental themes, population, migration, women’s issues, refugees, homelessness, racism, health, universal education, war and peace. UNAFF has screened some of the most awarded and talked about documentaries in the industry including seven that went on to win Academy Awards and twenty-three that were nominated.
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and UNAFF Cafe