Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: American University, Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor Mary Graydon Center
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day, join CSM for a screening of “From Selma to Soweto,” Story Five of the Have You Heard From Johannesburg series by Clarity Films. Story Five, taking place from 1977 to 1986, follows the dramatic events and extraordinary individuals that made the United States a key staging ground for the global anti-apartheid movement.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor Mary Graydon Center
From the Clarity Films website:
Long one of South Africa's most important and powerful allies, the United States becomes a key battleground in the anti-apartheid movement as African-Americans lead the charge to change the government’s policy toward the apartheid regime. Strengthened through years of grassroots organizing during the civil rights movement, black leaders and their allies take on U.S. foreign policy on South Africa, directing campaigns in corporate boardrooms, universities, embassies, and finally in the U.S. Congress itself, where a stunning victory is won against the formidable opposition of President Ronald Reagan. African-Americans alter U.S. foreign policy for the first time in history, and the U.S. – once the backbone of support for apartheid South Africa as its ally in the Cold War – finally imposes sanctions on Pretoria. European sanctions follow, and with them, the political isolation of the apartheid regime.