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Measuring Deliberate Speed: Georgians Face School Desegregation
All Deliberate Speed: The AP in Little Rock


Informal opening and gallery tours
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 from 3:00-6:00 PM
Russell Library, UGA Main Library, South Jackson Street Athens, Georgia

Exhibit curators Jan Levinson, Jill Severn, and Tricia Sung will be on hand to give tours of the exhibition and answer questions from visitors.

 

 

Measuring Deliberate Speed Brown Bag Film & Discussion Series
The Measuring Deliberate Speed Brown Bag Film & Discussion Series will take place on Friday afternoons from January 22 to February 19, 2009; a special evening screening will take place on Thursday, Feburary 25 from 7:00-9:00PM. Each program will begin with an introduction from Peabody Awards Archivist Mary Miller and conclude with a brief discussion with the audience. Films will be screened in the following order:

 

When: Friday, January 22, 2010, 12:00-1:00PM
Where: Russell Library Auditorium, Main Library Building, North Campus, University of Georgia
What: School: The Story of American Public Education (2001)

 

School is a television series chronicling the sweeping, often turbulent history of American public schools. In episode 3, “A Struggle for Educational Equality: 1950-1980” filmmakers chronicle the tempestuous era when public schools became a major battleground in the fight for equality for minorities and women.  

 

When: Friday, January 29, 2010, 12:00-1:00PM
Where: Russell Library Auditorium, Main Library Building, North Campus, University of Georgia
What: Hoxie: The First Stand (2006)

 

This film tells the story of a small Arkansas town whose school board voluntarily integrated its schools in the summer of 1955. When segregationist forces descended on the town, the board, along with the town's black families, stood firm. Together, they drew a reluctant federal justice department into the fight for school desegregation.   


 

When: Friday, February 5, 2010, 12:00-1:00PM
Where: Russell Library Auditorium, Main Library Building, North Campus, University of Georgia
What: A Tale of Two Cities, 1961: Atlanta-Dallas Prepare for School De-Segregation (1961)

 

We will screen the half hour portion describing the manner in which Atlanta prepared for school integration in the fall of 1961. The program contains interviews with officials, civic leaders and others directly involved in the preparation of public school desegregation.


 

When: Friday, February 12, 2010, 12:00-1:00PM
Where: Russell Library Auditorium, Main Library Building, North Campus, University of Georgia
What: Busing: Some Voices from the South (1972)

 

This sixty-minute documentary looks at what happens to some Southern communities after a busing program goes into effect. Filmed in cities in North Carolina and South Carolina as well as here in Athens, Georgia, this documentary includes interviews with teachers, parents, school administrators, bus drivers and children about their experiences and concerns about busing.

 

When: Friday, February 19, 12:00-1:00PM
Where: Russell Library Auditorium, Main Library Building, North Campus, University of Georgia
What: The Education of Ms. Groves (2006)

 

Monica Groves is a first-year teacher at a tough urban middle school in Atlanta. Just 21-years old at the beginning of the semester, she is bright-eyed and full of optimism. Within weeks her optimism clashes with reality. Her students come from mostly low-income families, some are raised only by a single mom or grandparent, others are homeless or live in violence-ridden neighborhoods; these are children who lack even the most basic support systems. Predictably, Monica struggles to maintain control over her classroom. Monica is slowly learning that in order to find her voice as a teacher, she must change as a person.

 

*Special Evening Screening Event*
When:
Thursday, Feburary 25,2010, 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Russell Library Auditorium, Main Library Building, North Campus, University of Georgia
What: Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later (2007)

 

The wave of desegregation that transformed the South during the 1960s began in Little Rock in September 1957. In this intimate documentary, filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud follow the lives of contemporary Central High students, teachers and administration, as well as community leaders, over the course of a year, visiting classes, school meetings and assemblies, teenagers' homes and community events. Sharing the stories of both black and white students, the film reveals the opportunities and challenges facing them in and out of the classroom fifty years after school desegregation.

Following the film Monica Knight, Director of Student Achievement and Educational Equity for the Clarke County School District, will lead a discussion reflecting on the film and the state of public schools in Athens today. Light refreshments will be served.

For this special evening event, the Russell Library's main exhibit gallery will remain open until 9:00PM. For more information please call

(706) 542-5788 or email jlevinso@uga.edu.



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