22 September 2017

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Douglas Blackmon To Speak About His New Documentary "The Harvest"

The film tells the story of the integration of public schools in one Mississippi Delta town, and how decades later, schools are once again segregating. Through this local lens Blackmon explores a paradox of modern American life—how a society that so widely defeated legally mandated segregation, at the same time failed in building the diverse, interwoven, empathetic communities in which the vast majority of Americans say they want to live.

Douglas Blackmon Author of “The Harvest”
Douglas Blackmon Author of “The Harvest”
September 28, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon and Rose Scott, WABE's host of "A Closer Look," will be at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library to discuss Blackmon's new documentary, The Harvest.  
The film tells the story of the integration of public schools in one Mississippi Delta town, and how decades later, schools are once again segregating.  Through this local lens Blackmon explores a paradox of modern American life—how a society that so widely defeated legally mandated segregation, at the same time failed in building the diverse, interwoven, empathetic communities in which the vast majority of Americans say they want to live. 
Blackmon won the Pulitzer Prize, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. He is the host and executive producer of American Forum, a weekly public affairs program broadcasted on PBS. 
"We are honored to have Douglas Blackmon and Rose Scott at our library to talk about, The Harvest, and to engage the audience in discussion about the struggle for school integration and its impact on the quest for diversity today," said Library CEO Loretta Parham.
This program is co-sponsored by Georgia Humanities and The AUC Woodruff Library and will take place at the Library, 111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314. The event is free.
The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Woodruff Library is a member of the nation's oldest and largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities, which includes Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological CenterMorehouse College and Spelman College
The Library provides high level information resources and services in support of student and faculty success. The Library is winner of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of Collegiate and Research Libraries.  
Learn more at www.auctr.edu.
Georgia Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities serving the people of Georgia. In a spirit of collaboration, Georgia Humanities gathers, preserves, and shares the state's distinctive stories through a range of cultural and educational programs and resources. 
Its work nurtures Georgians' understanding of themselves and of their state's place in history and in the world, and it fosters thoughtful and engaged citizenship. 
For more information, visit GeorgiaHumanities.org.

SOURCE: Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library