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"I Am Somebody:" Film Screening, Lunch and Discussion

Event Details

November 7, 2019
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Old Chapel

Room: Great Hall

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Ebru Kardan

Newly preserved by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, Madeline Anderson’s "I Am Somebody" (1970) brings viewers to the front lines of the fight for civil rights.

In 1969, black female hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina went on strike for union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in a confrontation with the state government and the National Guard. Featuring Andrew Young, Charles Abernathy, and Coretta Scott King and produced by Local 1199, New York’s Drug and Hospital Union, "I Am Somebody" is a crucial document in the struggle for labor rights. 

This community event seeks to bring people together from across campus - staff, students and faculty - to build bridges across difference by generating dialogue on gender equity and how it connects, historically and contemporarily, to human rights and the rights of workers. 
The film screening includes a free light lunch provided by the Office of Equity and Inclusion with framing comments and interactive, small group discussions led by Cedric De Leon, Director of the UMass Labor Center and Pat Greenfield, retired Professor at the School of Management and former Director of the UMass Labor Center.

This event is part of the Building Bridges public art and engagement initiative which is supported by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, The Partnership for Worker Education and Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.

Event Category

Diversity Film Screening