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A movie about civil rights activists and a talk by an award-winning poet are among African-American Heritage Month activities at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Set for Thursday, Feb. 15, the movie screening will feature “A Time for Justice: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” Free and open to the public, the movie will begin at 6 p.m. in Copeland Hall, Room 140.
“A Time for Justice” is a film about the civil rights activists. Created by Academy Award-winning producer Charles Guggenheim, the movie begins at the grave of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was killed by state troopers during a 1965 voting rights demonstration in Marion, Ala. Jackson is used as a symbol in the film that violence cannot destroy ideas.
The second event is a brown bag lunch presentation by UNK professor of English Dr. Charles Fort titled “The Writer at His Desk and Poetry.” Also, free and open to the public, the presentation begins at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Nebraskan Student Union Cedar Room.
Dr. Fort holds the Distinguished Paul W. Reynolds and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Endowed Chair in Poetry. He has published 12 books of poetry, and his work has appeared in “The Best American Poetry,” 25 anthologies and won several literary awards.