Black Studies Lecture Series presents screening of "I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education"


The Black Studies lecture series, "Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution" will present a screening of the documentary entitled, "I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education" on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m., in the Wien Experimental "Black Box" Theater, in the Quick Center for the Arts. Admission is free for this public event.

Though the Brown v. Board of Education case ruled that segregation in schools was unconstitutional, the issue of social segregation still plagues many schools today. The film, co-produced and directed by Whitney Dow and Marco William to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, follows a group of students at the Academy of the Visual & Performing Arts in Buffalo, New York, and their efforts to tackle the issue of social segregation in their high school.

These brave students take part in an experiment to discover how truly "integrated" their school is by focusing on the racial divide in their school cafeteria. By interacting with this diverse group and learning from one another, the students learn a great deal about themselves, each other, and their school.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers. For more information, please contact Dr. Renee White, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2813.

This event is sponsored by the Humanities Institute in the College of Arts & Sciences and co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, the Center for Faith and Public Life, the departments of History and Sociology & Anthropology, and the Programs in Black Studies and Peace & Justice Studies.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 10, 2009

Vol. 41, No. 297