Join Humanities Texas for a screening in Austin featuring excerpts from the forthcoming documentary film THE HARVEST followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas A. Blackmon, and local community leaders. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Using archival film and footage shot by Blackmon and Academy Award-nominated producer Sam Pollard over two decades, THE HARVEST tells the story of one small Mississippi town’s struggle to integrate its public schools. Shown through the eyes of black and white children at the height of the civil rights movement, the film examines the transformation all of America would experience in the following years.
Blackmon himself was among the initial group of children in Leland, Mississippi, to attend racially integrated schools through all twelve years of public education. For many, the benefits of integrated classrooms were enormous, yet within two decades most schools in racially diverse areas were once again deeply segregated. THE HARVEST explores the question: Why did this happen?
Following the preview, Blackmon will participate in a panel discussion with Roland C. Hayes, director of the African-American Cultural Center and professor of history at Austin Community College District; Andrea Holman, assistant professor of psychology at Huston-Tillotson University; and Leonard N. Moore, vice president of the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) and George Littlefield Professor of American History at The University of Texas at Austin. The discussion will be moderated by Ricardo Ainslie, filmmaker and M. K. Hage Centennial Professor in Education at The University of Texas at Austin.
This event is sponsored by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and is made possible by a Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States grant from NEH.
Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Austin Film Society 6406 N IH-35 Suite 3100, Austin, Texas 78752