Ms. Sunshine Nealy selected this film for inclusion in The Whole Staircase Film Series.
As Ms. Nealy explains, "I selected this film because it reminds me of the stories that my great-grandmother and great-aunt would often share with me about working as a maid. I often wonder if given this courageous opportunity would they have taken it? And if so which character they see themselves as. This film also reveals the nature of racial injustice for African American women during this timeframe and their courage to make a change. After watching this film, I hope people are encouraged to make positive changes in their own lives and communities."
Sunshine Nealy is an Adult Education Program Specialist at SJR State and specializes in recruitment and operations. Sunshine received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University in Business Administration and Management. Previously, she worked in Admissions at the University of Florida. She is heavily involved in the community with her involvement in youth sports, church youth, and children ministries.
Screening Dates and Locations
April 11, 2019 presented by Sunshine Nealy
Palatka Campus - Building A, Valhalla Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
If you need an interpreter, please email Dr. Will at least 2 days before the event.
Film Information: The Help
"In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community." - distributor's synopsis
Call Number: All Campus Libraries - PS3619.T636 H45 2009
Publication Date: 2009-02-10
"In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women -- black and white, mothers and daughters -- view one another."
" Kathryn Stockett's 2009 best-selling novel The Help and its subsequent 2011 film center on the experiences of African-American domestic workers living in Jackson, Mississippi. Stockett's sanitized portrayal of life in the Deep South where black women were charged with rearing white children while concurrently barred from sharing toilets and common eating areas with their employers simultaneously enthralled and disturbed readers and viewers alike. Notably, it is not the domestics themselves who render their tales but rather Eugenia Phelan, a white, twenty-something Mississippian with whom they."
Celebration • Education • Reflection
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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