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Birth of a Nation? How Movies Shape Myths on Race

Charlottesville. White supremacy. Black Lives Matter. The New Jim Crow. The removal of Confederate statues. The turmoil of racial injustice swirls around our nation.

In 1915, the epic film, “Birth of a Nation,” projected onto the big screen a series of racial myths. The movie portrayed black men as unintelligent and aggressive, and portrayed white people as romantically defeated, menaced by racial justice, and in need of rescuing by heroic Klan members. The images of this film still shape our racial myths.

Join us for a conversation about the influence of films on today’s racial understandings and misunderstandings with Dr. Greg Garrett, "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture" (BBC Radio) at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 10.

Professor Garrett is currently at work on a book on race and film, and on a race and film initiative with the National Cathedral. He is the author of over twenty books, including critically-acclaimed works on film, popular culture, religion, and politics. Dr. Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University, a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church, and is the Theologian-in-Residence of the American Episcopal Cathedral in Paris.

For more information, call 301-229-7766.


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