Thursday, February 28, 2013

PAST: FILM: Special Friday Night BloomScreen at BloomBars in Celebration of Black History Month "Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle" FRI, Feb 28th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, Popcorn and refreshments included

BloomScreen and TransAfrica present: Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle
Friday, February 28th 
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, no one turned away, $10 suggested, proceeds will support TransAfrica and BloomBars
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served

Join BloomBars and TransAfrica to celebrate February as African American History Month with a screening of "Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle" (see trailer, 1982, 58 min), by Paul Wagner – tells the untold story of the Pullman porters who organized America’s first Black trade union – the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This film presentation is made possible thanks to Bloombars' collaboration with TransAfrica – the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization. The film will be followed by audience discussion moderated by Mwiza Munthali, the Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica.

The film "describes the harsh discrimination which lay behind the porters' smiling service. Narrator Rosina Tucker, a 100 year old union organizer and porter's widow, describes how after a 12 year struggle led by A. Philip Randolph, the porters won the first contract ever negotiated with black workers. This inspiring story of the Pullman porters addresses larger issues of work, race and dignity and provides one of the few accounts of African American life between the Civil War and the modern Civil Rights movement."

3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

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