"Inspired by a true story, Cecil Gaines is a devoted husband, father, and White House butler who served eight Presidential administrations during the turbulent politics and civil rights battles of twentieth century America." distributor's summary
Dr. Tiri Fellows, professor of American Sign Language, selected this film and will present it at the St. Augustine screening. Dr. Fellows selected this film because she grew up very close to Washington, DC - as well as attending and working at Gallaudet University which is in the heart of the political scene that surrounds the DC metro area. As Dr. Fellows explained, "The film takes us inside the White House and showcases the parallel lives of individuals who face internal struggles to make decisions that are ethical and "humane." The movie also focuses on reinforcing the perseverance of the African American community through challenging political milestones with one goal in mind: peace, empathy, and equality for future generations of African Americans."
Dr. Fellows earned her Ph.D. from Capella University, Master’s of Science from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), and Bachelor of Arts from Gallaudet University.
Screening Dates and Locations
Screening with Dr. Tiri Fellows
Date: September 18, 2019
Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, room L-112
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Sign language interpreters will be present at this event.
H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619." The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.
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