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Senior Symposia programming is developed by our board of senior advisors, but is open to participants of all ages. We regret that we can not accept cash or check payment at the door at Senior Symposia events. Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops take place from 2-4pm.
The Niagara Movement: The Early Battle for Civil Rights
Screening and discussion with the filmmaker of The Niagara Movement: The Early Battle for Civil Rights, which focuses on the formation and impact of the first civil rights movement of the twentieth century. The documentary traces the social and economic conditions of Black Americans at the turn of the century, examines different strategies for racial advancement, explores the creation of the Niagara Movement, and places the legacy of the movement into a contemporary context. Central to the story of the Niagara Movement are the roles played by three dynamic Black leaders: Booker T. Washington, Monroe Trotter and W.E.B Du Bois. Their lives intersected at a critical junction when leading Black activists debated how best to obtain civil rights. The principles that drove the creation of the Niagara Movement crystallized DuBois’ radical fight for equal rights and were largely seen as a direct affront to the philosophy espoused by Washington.
About the Presenter
Lawrence R. Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Erik Barnouw Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons and fourteen CINE Golden Eagles. Hott was the Fulbright Fellow in Film and Television in the UK in 1994 and Fulbright Specialist in Vietnam in 2015.