WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016
April 20, 2016 – The Memorial Foundation presents a screening of the documentary:“Agents of Change” and a Panel Discussion on Race. Agents of Change is a powerful documentary about the black student-led protest movement on college campuses in the late 1960s, and its connection to the Black Lives Matter movement and campus protests of today. The event will take place at the Institute of Peace along with a thought-provoking panel discussion led by academic, author, radio host and TV personality, Georgetown University Professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.
The film and discussion kicks off The Memorial Foundation’s Civic Engagement Conversation Series, a traveling symposium to help bring communities together for thought provoking dialogue, building bridges of understanding, and developing recommendations and action steps for progress and solutions to persistent societal problems related to race.
“We are facing a multitude of social and political challenges which require thoughtful vision and action if they are to be remedied,” said Harry Johnson, President and CEO of The Memorial Foundation. “While living, Dr. King was committed to encouraging conversations that challenged our comfort level and elevated our commitment to building a better world. This series will bring together a multi-generational panel of experts as well as practitioners to engage in discussion and solution development around several issues that require leadership and action,” Johnson continued.
The film, co-directed and co-produced by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, won both the Best Documentary and Audience awards at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Both Dawson and Ginzberg will participate in the panel discussion to immediately follow the film screening; Sandra Evers-Manly is the Executive Producer. The award-winning film highlights the stories of courageous young men and women, including actor Danny Glover, then a student leader at San Francisco State. It is the untold story of the racial conditions which existed on college campuses, including a protest at Cornell University.
Young activists, whose stories are captured in the film, were caught in the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. “This film could have been made yesterday, about the struggles confronted by students of color at universities across the US today. It is, at once contemporary and historical, but most of all, relevant, to all Americans of any race,” says journalist Charlayne Humter–Gault.
About The Memorial Foundation, Inc.
The Memorial Foundation, Inc. was launched on the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, August 28, 2012. The Memorial Foundation exists to promote awareness of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial located in Washington, DC and its tenets of democracy, justice, hope, and love as well as to support the general upkeep of the Memorial in future years. Additional information regarding The Memorial Foundation, Inc. can be found at www.TheMemorialFoundation.org.