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"Rivers of Change" Examines Civil Rights Event

"Rivers of Change" Examines Civil Rights Event

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 11/07/2006 - UCM's Africana Studies Program, with support from the UCM Minority Scholars Initiative and the UCM Center for Teaching and Learning, will host a screening of the documentary Rivers of Change: The Legacy of Five Unheralded Women in Montgomery and Their Struggle for Justice and Dignity, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14.

Film Offers Personal Viewpoint of Montgomery Bus Boycott

Rivers of Change, a film by William Dickerson Waheed, examines the impact of the Montgomery bus boycott and the subsequent federal trial of Browder vs. Gayle, through the personal experiences of five women who lived through the historic event.

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Screenings Offered Nov. 13-14

Portions of the film will be shown Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. in Twomey Auditorium in the Wood Building and 1 p.m. in James C. Kirkpatrick Library 1268. The documentary will be shown in its entirety at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 in Elliott Union 238, followed by a reception. All programs are free of charge and public is invited to attend.

Firsthand Accounts Brings History to Life

Using video stock footage and news clippings of the boycott and trial, the documentary chronicles the events and key players in the legal protest to end unequal treatment on Montgomery's city buses. The contribution of these five unheralded women, as well as the impact of the boycott on their lives, is the focus of the film. Narration by individuals with first hand accounts and persons who knew the five women bring history alive with a very personal and compelling viewpoint.

The showing of the documentary film coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Browder vs. Gayle court decision that ended bus desegregation.

Producer of Public Access Television

William Dickerson Waheed is a videographer, producer and director of public access television, a print journalist and a public relations marketing consultant. As a field consultant for three decades, he has managed the construction, servicing and financing of public housing projects and developed innovative loan programs and adult- and youth-based community organizations.

The UCM presentation of Rivers of Change is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Club; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; the NAACP; Sisters of Ujima and the UCM Women's Studies Program.

For More Information

For more information, contact Delia Gillis, associate professor of history and coordinator of the Africana Studies Program, at 660-543-4404.