Film Producer Judy Richardson to Present MLK Day Keynote Address at Mount Union

April 07, 2010

Judy Richardson, co-producer of the productions "Eyes on the Prize" and "Malcolm X: Make It Plain," will give the keynote address during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events at Mount Union College on Monday, January 19 at 10 a.m. in solarium located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The community is invited to join Mount Union College for all events planned to honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

Judy Richardson

Judy Richardson

A brunch will be served during the keynote address. Free tickets are required to attend the brunch and keynote address. The address will be followed by an awards presentation. Student and community awards will be presented to those whose actions best exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Judy Richardson brought a long-time civil rights background to her work on "Eyes on the Prize." She was a staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960's. She worked on SNCC projects throughout the South, first in SNCC's national office in Atlanta, and then in Mississippi, Alabama and southwest Georgia. In 1964 she moved with the national office to Greenwood, Mississippi, during "Freedom Summer." In 1965, she left SNCC's Lowndes County, Alabama project to be the office manager for a successful first campaign on Julian Bond (then SNCC's press director) for the Georgia House of Representatives. She also organized a residential freedom school that brought together young people from civil rights struggles in both the North and South in order to talk about common concerns and strategies.

Richardson lectures nationally about the Movement and the making of "Eyes on the Prize." She has also appeared on ABC's "Nightline", CBS's "Nightwatch," and various other news shows in opposition to the image of the African-American community and the Movement portrayed in the film "Mississippi Burning." She frequently talks with young people about the Movement, its values and their relevance to issues we face today.

The "Tunnel of Oppression," an interactive exhibit that deals with oppression and prejudice of many kinds, will be open from 9 a.m. - 3 p. m. in the Alumni Room and Main Lounge of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Individuals will travel through the tunnel, viewing researched literature, statistics and images. This program is an interactive room designed to raise awareness about issues of oppression. At 3 p.m., there will be a post-discussion of the "Tunnel of Oppression" in the main lounge of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

Barnga, a card game that allows participants to gain a greater understanding of what it is like to be different, will be played from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Grounds located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

There will be question and answer sessions with keynote speaker Judy Richardson at 1 p.m. in the Private Dining Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

For free tickets for the brunch and keynote address, call (330) 823-7288.

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