This January, we welcome you to join the San Mateo County Pride Center in celebrating the revolutionary work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On January 15th we will have a screening of Selma (2014) from 6-8:30pm and on January 26th from 6-7pm we will have a Poetry/Spoken Word Workshop facilitated by poet/writer, Bianca Brown. The purpose of these events is to reflect on how we can support community liberation and strive for equity in our lives.
Selma (2014) Screening (01/15):
In honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will be showing Selma on January 15th from 6-8:30 pm. We will be using the platform Discord to watch this film in community. Please contact Azisa.Todd@sanmateopride.org for information about using Discord.
Directly following the movie, we will have a brief discussion to talk about the film’s themes. This film is rated PG-13 and viewer discretion is advised. Content warnings include violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language. Please see the film synopsis below:
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
For a trailer for this film, please see this link
Register to attend the film screening here: https://tinyurl.com/RevolutionaryReels
Poetry/Spoken Word workshop (01/26):
Join the San Mateo County Pride Center on January 26th from 6-7 pm for a night of poetry writing centering liberation based on the revolutionary work of Civil Rights Leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This workshop will be hosted by Bianca Brown, a queer poet and writer local to Los Angeles as we explore themes of liberation and steps towards equity within our communities. Towards the end of the event, we will close out with an open mic for anyone who feels inspired to share their work in the evening. This event is free for all ages.
Register to attend the poetry/spoken word workshop here: https://tinyurl.com/TheDreamContinues
Please feel free to share these events with your friends, networks, colleagues & clients! These events are both free and open to the public.
On January 13th and the residing days leading up to the final event on the 26th, we will be sending email reminders with the zoom information so folks can all join in.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to Azisa.Todd@sanmateopride.org.
Please use this link to access the press kit for this event. in here, you’ll find graphics, flyers & all necessary links. We invite you to share these events using the press kit.