Film Screening: "Slavery By Another Name"
Official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Location: McCormick Hall 101
Date/Time: 03/07/12 at 7:30 pm - 03/07/12 at 9:30 pm
Film screening followed by a Q&A session with the author of "Slavery By Another Name" Douglas Blackmon and the film's screenwriter Sheila Curran Bernard.
Labyrinth Books will be on site selling copies of Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon. Mr. Blackmon has graciously agreed to sign books following the Q&A portion of the evening's events.
Event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for admission.
Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.
For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today.
For more information and a preview, visit http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/
Over the past 20 years, Douglas A. Blackmon has written extensively about the American quandary of race, exploring the integration of schools during his childhood in a Mississippi Delta farm town, lost episodes of the Civil Rights movement, and, repeatedly, the dilemma of how a contemporary society should grapple with a troubled past. Many of his stories in The Wall Street Journal have explored the interplay of wealth, corporate conduct and racial segregation.
Slavery by Another Name was awarded the 2009 Pulizer Prize for general non-fiction. The book also received the 2009 American Book Award, the 2009 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Non-fiction Book Prize, and the 2008 Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Book Award, among others. It appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List in both hardcover and paperback editions.
After 16 years as a senior editor and correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, Blackmon became a contributing editor of the Washington Post and joined the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs in 2012, as Chair of the Miller Center Forum, a nationally syndicated weekly television program focused on congressional and presidential public policy and elevating the nation’s public discourse. While at the Journal, Blackmon wrote about many of the biggest developments in American life, including the 2010 midterm elections, the rise of the Tea Party movement, the 2012 president campaigns, and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His work on the BP disaster, along with a team of other Journal reporters and editors, was a finalist for another Pulitzer Prize, for national reporting, in 2011. The BP coverage was awarded the 2011 New York Association of Publishers prize for Investigative Reporting.
In 2000, the National Association of Black Journalists recognized Blackmon’s stories revealing the secret role of J.P. Morgan & Co. during the 1960s in funneling funds between a wealthy northern white supremacist and segregationists fighting the Civil Rights Movement in the South. A year later, he revealed in the Journal how U.S. Steel Corp. relied on forced black laborers in Alabama coal mines in the early 20th century, an article which led to his first book, Slavery By Another Name, which broadly examines how a form of neoslavery thrived in the U.S. long after legal abolition.
As the Journal’s bureau chief in Atlanta until 2009, Doug managed the paper’s coverage of airlines and other major transportation companies and publicly traded companies and institutions based in the southeastern U.S. The bureau directly covers the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and more than 1,200 companies, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Bank of America, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, United Parcel Service and FedEx. The Journal staff in Atlanta also writes about key news and issues in the 11-state region, including race, immigration, poverty, politics and, in recent years, global warming and hurricanes.
Blackmon’s stories or the work of his team have been widely acclaimed, including for coverage of the subprime meltdown, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Florida hurricanes in 2004 and for his 2001 examination of slave labor in the 20th century. His article on U.S. Steel was included in the 2003 edition of Best Business Stories. The Journal’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina received a special National Headliner award in 2006.
Blackmon joined the Journal in October 1995 as a reporter in Atlanta. Prior to joining the Journal, Blackmon was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered race and politics, and special assignments including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Previously, he was a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat, managing editor of the Daily Record in Little Rock, Ark, and a writer for weekly newspapers.
Blackmon penned his first newspaper story at the age of 12, for the Progress, in his hometown of Leland, Mississippi. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and consultant, Bernard has developed and produced projects for national broadcast, theatrical release, and museum and classroom use. She is the author of Documentary Storytelling (Focal Press 2007, 2003), a bestselling text on story and structure in nonfiction filmmaking, and co-author of Archival Storytelling (Focal Press, 2008), which explores filmmakers' uses of third-party images and music. Bernard has held fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Recently, she wrote the screenplay for the PBS film, "Slavery by Another Name." Bernard is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Albany.
Department: Center for African American Studies