Screening of Dr. Gary Ford’s film, “Justice Is a Black Woman”
The Capital City, Metropolitan, Potomac, and Washington chapters of The Links, Inc. and Community Academy PCS present “Civil Rights in America,” a special screening event of Justice Is a Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley, a feature length film produced by AMST recent graduate, Dr. Gary Ford. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Ford.
Dr. Ford developed the film based on his dissertation research, bringing to light the life and work of the only woman attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) during most of the Civil Rights Movement. Motley tried and won many of the most important desegregation cases during her tenure at the LDF including cases that ended legal segregation in restaurants and lunch counters, that protected the rights of protestors to demonstrate in a number of ways, and that protected access to the vote. Since the production of this film, bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress proposing to award Motley the Congressional Gold Medal. The film includes contributions by Juan Williams, Maya Angelou, President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Attorney Vernon Jordan, members of the Little Rock Nine, and many others. It first aired on PBS in 2012 and has won several awards since then, including a Telly Award and Best Feature Documentary at the St. Tropez International Film Festival in France.
Admission is $10, payable to Links, Inc. and can be mailed to Dr. Denise Sessoms, 12404 Crystal Pond Court, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 no later than Saturday, January 11th. Limited parking is available on the premises.