will host a screening of the civil rights documentary “Freedom’s
Call” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in UNC Asheville's Humanities
Lecture Hall. The noted film chronicles the experiences of two
pioneering African-American journalists who documented the civil
rights movement. A panel discussion with filmmaker Richard Breyer
and local journalists will follow the screening. The event is free
and open to the public; a $5 donation will be suggested at the door.
All proceeds will benefit the "I Have a Dream Foundation," which
helps underserved children reach their educational and career goals
by providing long-term mentoring and tutoring.
Call" features Dorothy Gilliam, the first African-American reporter
at The Washington Post, and Ernest Withers, a renowned photo
journalist whose work appeared in The Washington Post and The New
York Times. The film follows Gilliam and Withers as they embark on a
present-day journey through the South, stopping at cities where they
reported on important events in civil rights history some 40 years
ago. In addition to their recollections, the one-hour documentary
includes historic photos, newspaper clips and eyewitness accounts.
professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications, says that he wanted to make a film that would bring
to light an often overlooked part of the civil rights struggle-- the
work of black journalists who had to endure racism and violence as
part of their job.
of "Freedom's Calls" is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Mass
Communication Department, Multicultural Student Programs and the
Center for Teaching and Learning.
information, call UNC Asheville's Mass Communication Department at
828/232-5027. To watch a short clip of the film, click on