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The Memphis 13 (35 min-2011) tells the stories of 13 children who were among the smallest pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1961, these first graders were asked to desegregate Memphis schools. Anonymous even in their own community, the students have carried the pride and the scars from their experience throughout their lives without having shared their stories broadly. The film seeks to not only shine a light on these trailblazers, but also to utilize still relevant themes from a half century ago to trigger discussion on contemporary issues of education, difference, and social change.
The film, which premiered at the National Civil Rights Museum on the 50th anniversary of the students pioneering moment, has been featured at the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival and the San Diego Black Film Festival in addition to having been screened at numerous universities and community gatherings across the country. A trailer and additional information is available at www.thememphis13.com or www.facebook.com/thememphis13.
The filmmaker Professor Kiel introduces the film. After the film is done, he is joined by 2 of the children whose current insights are just fascinating.
University of Iowa College of Law Diversity Officer
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