Today MLK is celebrated for his ‘dream’ of a just America, but by the end of his career King was calling for a “radical reconstruction” of the United States. What compelled the transformation of King’s ideas and what do they tell us about our society today? Join the Rothko Chapel for our livestream 2021 Annual MLK Birthday Celebration featuring Princeton University professor of African-American Studies Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor who will engage these questions in hopes of unlocking the ideas and strategies necessary to enact effective and lasting change the United States.
Human Rights & Criminal Justice
In 2014, Ai Weiwei, the renowned Chinese artist and activist, assisted by curator and filmmaker Cheryl Haines, transformed the former penitentiary
on Alcatraz Island into an astonishing exhibition of socially engaged art, focusing on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. Visitors were invited to send postcards to prisoners in the exhibition. Several of the formerly imprisoned activists, including Chelsea Manning, speak about the impact of receiving those messages of hope.
Chronicling Georgia’s U.S. Representative John Lewis’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights,
gun control, health-care reform, and immigration, this new documentary explores his Alabama childhood with his family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and also includes interviews with political leaders and Congressional colleagues.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Seeing Red recounts the experiences of ordinary Americans who joined the Communist Party, and the high price many of them paid during the Red Scare in the 1950s. Compiled from more than 400 interviews with former and current Party members, the film delivers an engaging, funny, and human portrait of 50 years of activism. Iconic folk singer Pete Seeger and a dozen other members share personal stories that take on a special resonance today.
Join Norwegian Herman Reksten as he shares his experiences as captain of the fishing vessel Al Awda which was intercepted and boarded in international waters and taken to Israel on July 29, 2018. This was his third attempt at breaking the blockade of Gaza even though he is not quite 30 years old. Get a feel for life on a boat trying to break the over 10 year old Gaza blockade!
Imprisoning a Generation is a 50-minute documentary film that follows the stories of four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned in the Israeli military detention system and prosecuted in Israeli military courts. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, combine to form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that expand well beyond the prison walls.