MSU African American Studies to present film series Tuesday

An award-winning documentary that chronicles Mississippi events of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Mississippi State.

Sponsored by the university's African American Studies program, "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders" tells its story through the eyes of the women who became the movement's leaders. The 61-minute production was released in 2002 by Sadoff Productions.

Free and open to all, the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Eastman Auditorium of the Swalm Chemical Engineering Building.

"Standing" has received the Special Jury Prize at the Savannah Film and Video Festival, Audience Award of the Atlanta Film Festival and Humanitarian Award of the Long Island Film Expo. It also was a USA Film Festival finalist.

Immediately follow the screening, a panel discussion and question-and-answer session will feature the film's director, Laura Lipson, and producer Joan Sadoff. They will be joined by two of the featured activists, attorney and former Mississippi Assistant Secretary of State Constance Slaughter Harvey and author and former Election Commissioner Flonzie Brown-Wright.

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Morgan Tubbs | University Relations

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