As a community, we commemorate Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement—the legacy of discrimination that preceded it; the courage of those who stood up to attack it; the progress the nation achieved through it; and the unfinished pursuit of equal rights that continues to this day.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Film Series at Denison University showcased three films on issues of race, politics and history.
Shown on February 5, 2009, “What’s Race Got To Do With It?” goes beyond identity politics, celebratory history, and interpersonal relations to consider social disparities and their impact on student success in today’s post-civil rights world. The film follows a diverse group of students at the University of California, Berkeley, in a 16-week long interracial dialogue.
Shown on February 12, 2009, “Color Adjustment” traces 40 years of race relations through the lens of prime-time entertainment, scrutinizing television’s racial myths and stereotypes. Narrated by Ruby Dee, the documentary revisits some of television’s most popular stars and shows, including “Amos and Andy,” “I Spy,” “Good Times,” “Roots” and “The Cosby Show.” The film is an examination of how the American prime-time family is integrated, while excluding the daily reality of most African Americans.
Shown on February 26, 2009, “Boycott” tells the story of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., led by Dr. King after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus. Produced by HBO.