From Montgomery to Ferguson: The Fight for Civil Rights Goes On

NOVANEWS

Showing of “Awakenings” from “Eyes on the Prize”

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This Friday, Dec. 5
7:00 p.m.
617 Florida Ave. NW
Shaw/Howard Metro (Yellow/Green lines)

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This week marked the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s courageous refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., sparking the bus boycott that pushed the fight for Black civil rights to the forefront of the national consciousness.

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Come for a screening of “Awakenings,” the first segment of the award-winning documentary series “Eyes on the Prize” that covers the history of the Civil Rights Movement. This 60-minute documentary covers the years 1954-1956, including the murder of Emmett Till, the arrest of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. “Eyes on the Prize” combines historical footage and contemporary interviews and historical footage, and is a must-see for all activists today.

Following the screening, we will discuss the recent nationwide protests following the decisions not to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., or indict Daniel Pantaleo for the murder of Eric Garner in New York City, and the connection between the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement and our movement today.

The struggle of the 1950s and 60s won important victories for Black people — the legal end of segregation and Jim Crow — but the fight goes on; every 28 hours, a Black person is killed by law enforcement, private security or armed vigilantes. The murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner have brought thousands into the streets to shut down business as usual until justice is done.

Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation for an examination of the struggle for civil rights and the connection between the movement’s past and present.

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