Sankofa REEL2REAL Film Festival
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WITF’s Toward Racial Justice series in partnership with Sankofa African American Theatre Company is proud to present the 2020 Sankofa REEL2REAL Virtual Film Festival. This year’s theme is “In the Eye of the Beholder: Then & Now”.
A Class Divided
Monday, January 18 | 7pm – Virtual Film Screening & Live Discussion Featuring Jane Elliott
Produced in 1985 by the PBS series Frontline. The day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power 30 years later.
After, the screening hear from Jane Elliott in a live conversation as she takes questions and shares the inspiration behind her now famous “Blue Eyes--Brown Eyes” antiracism exercise.
A Class Divided intro
A Class Divided
One day in 1968, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power 30 years later.
- Jane Elliott--Educator & Anti-Racism Activist
Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors.
- The Honorable Otto V. Banks
CEO, FAIR City Agenda
- Sharia Benn
Co-founder & Executive Artistic Director, Sankofa African American Theatre Company
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