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The university’s Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts Center will analyze the significant roles of African-Americans in the workplace through a series of influential Hollywood films and a lecture this month.
“A Credit to the Race: The Presence, Problems and Portrayal of African-Americans at Work” begins at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, with the 1959 movie “Imitation of Life” at the center located at 301 S. Clarke St.
The event is free and open to the public.
“This month we’re watching a series of films that highlight prominent African-American actors in roles that deal with their characters’ lives on the job,” said Deitrah Taylor, program assistant at the center. “These characters are notable examples of individuals who may have experienced adversity in the workplace but overcame those challenges. These films fit in perfectly with local educator Sallie Ellis Davis’ background of striving to contribute to her race and community despite unfavorable circumstances.”
“Imitation of Life” addresses race, gender and class.
Starring Academy Award-nominated actress Juanita Moore, the film is set around housekeeper Annie whose light-skinned daughter rejects her mother by attempting to pass for white.
A panel discussion with Dr. Beauty Bragg, Georgia College associate professor of English, and Michelle Flirt, adjunct instructor at Georgia Military College and Georgia College alumna, will follow the screening.
Earlier this month, the center featured the 1950 film “No Way Out” with Oscar award-winning actor Sidney Poitier, whose character is confronted by racism as a doctor.
The 1953 movie “Bright Road” also was shown, which starred American singer and actor Harry Belafonte as a principal and Academy Award-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge as a teacher trying to reach out to a problem student.
The next screening takes place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, for the 1964 film “Nothing but a Man.” The movie stars actor Ivan Dixon, who plays a railroad worker trying to maintain his respect in a racist South.
Dr. Mark Huddle, Georgia College U.S. and African-American history professor, will conclude the series at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, with a Juneteenth lecture. Juneteenth, known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas during 1865.
“With the hot weather, these inside viewings and lecture are convenient educational activities our local and campus community can engage in,” Taylor said. “This series also is an opportunity to participate in meaningful conversations that connect to Sallie Ellis Davis’ legacy and background of her time period.”
For more information, call 478-445-5889.