Black History Month Docuseries
It was so great to see the Loretto presence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Marade in Denver. Thanks to Pat McCormick for her consistent effort to rally folks, and special thanks to St. Mary’s Academy for being there. In support of critical race theory, Black Lives Matter and Black History Month, the Loretto Peace Committee recommends two video series that reflect the history of the African American struggle in the United States.
Eyes on the Prize presents 14 episodes in two parts: “The American Civil Rights Years 1954-1965” and “America at the Racial Crossroads 1965–1985.” It is the most comprehensive historical visual account of the civil rights movement that I know of, and I have used episodes in my peace and justice studies classes for many years.
“The 1619 Project” was first offered as a collection of essays by Nikole Hannah-Jones in the New York Times Magazine, then as a book, and now Hulu has introduced a six-part docuseries. Each part reflects the reality of the Black experience in the United States. After reading the “1619 Project” I look forward to the Hulu series to see how they have captured the themes such as voting rights or the wealth gap, and how the issues relate to the experience of slavery and segregation.
If you are able, please join the Peace Committee in watching these video series. Let the midweek mission know your thoughts at [email protected].