MURFEESBORO– The first screening and discussion of the film Created Equal: TN Legacy Series will feature the film Green Book, a 2018 biographical drama set in the 1960s, and the documentary Freedom Riders, which chronicles efforts to desegregate housing audiences throughout the South in the 1960s.
In partnership with the MTSU Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center and the Washington Family Foundation, the Murfreesboro Department of Parks and Recreation will host Black History Month events February 12 and 26 at the Washington Theater at Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
The first screening, featuring Green Book, begins at noon on Saturday February 12, with Leroy Cunningham facilitating a Q&A immediately following the film. Questions will be posed to the audience.
The 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner portrays a friendship that develops between an Italian-American chauffeur assigned to drive an acclaimed black pianist on his Southern concert tour. The Real Green Book was published from 1936 to 1966 by Victor Hugo Green, a New York City postman, as a travel guide to help African-American motorists overcome social barriers in Jim’s day. Crow. The only stop in Murfreesboro was a tourist house along State Street near the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center.
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“Anyone who has followed my time as mayor knows that I believe in open discussions on civic and cultural issues,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “On behalf of the municipal council, I strongly encourage citizens to participate in the debates around the film Created Equal to better understand the past and inform the present. We appreciate the Washington Family Foundation and the MTSU Intercultural and Diversity Center, as well as the Bradley Museum and Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation for cultivating this discussion in our community.
The second film and discussion, the documentary Freedom Riders, begins at noon on Saturday, February 26 at Patterson’s Washington Theater with Carolyn Lester leading the discussion after the screening of the film.
“This event was created to bridge the intergenerational divide we’ve noticed in programming across the city,” said Vonchelle Stembridge, facilities coordinator for the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center. “Our vision is to unify, educate and cultivate a community to discuss and analyze films with a wide range of people of different ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and races.”