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Film and Discussion: “Eyes on Mississippi”

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The life of influential journalist Bill Minor, who covered the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi for seven decades, is the subject of this documentary. Minor was the New Orleans Times Picayune’s Mississippi correspondent and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Newsweek and other national publications.

Producer and director Ellen Ann Fentress will lead a post-screening discussion with Errin Whack, National Writer on Race and Ethnicity for the Associated Press.

From Fentress’s website:

“As the southern struggle for civil rights caught fire in the 1960s, its burning core was Mississippi. Bill Minor became the state’s most fearless clear-eyed chronicler. His regular Times Picayune and, even more crucially, anonymous dispatches for The New York Times captured U.S. history, in contrast to most Mississippi coverage, white-supremacist propaganda masquerading as fact.There were threats and opportunities for Minor to leave the state, yet he remained in Jackson, doggedly reporting from 1947 until the Trump administration. “Eyes on Mississippi” is a 56-minute film on the most essential reporter the nation has never heard of.

“Minor died in March 2017 at almost 95, producing his outspoken weekly newspaper column until his last illness. The story of the impact of one reporter determined to call out racism and government dishonesty carries uncanny resonance in the nation today. The film is a five-year project featuring historic footage and images from 19 archives located across the U.S. The documentary examines how Bill Minor witnessed — and occasionally shaped —U.S. history in his coverage of the civil rights movement.”

 

Co-sponsored by the library, Not in Our Town Princeton, and Princeton University Journalism.

 

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Date:
October 11
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Organizer

Hannah Schmidl

Venue

Community Room
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States
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Phone:
609-924-9529