Mount Union College Plans Events for Black History Month

April 19, 2010


Keith Beauchamp, a filmmaker whose documentary 'The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till' was a major factor in the US Department of Justice's decision to re-open the 50-year old murder case, is the keynote speaker for Mount Union College's Black History Month events.

Keith Beauchamp

Beauchamp's film will be shown on Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC). Beauchamp was only 10 years old when he learned of the horrific story behind the murder of Emmett Till. In 1999, he founded Till Freedom Come Productions, a company devoted to socially significant projects that both educate and entertain. He has devoted the past nine years of his life to pursuing justice for Emmett Till. In connection with this cause, Beauchamp traveled extensively between New York and Mississippi to reinvestigate the murder and subsequent trial. Throughout the journey, he located witnesses who had never before spoken about the cause. On May 10th 2004, the US Department of Justice re-opened this 50 year-old murder case, citing Beauchamp's documentary as a major factor in their decision as well as a starting point for their investigation.

Beauchamp's current projects in connection with the Emmett Till case include the documentary 'The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till,' a feature film, and a novel he is co-authoring with Pulitzer Prize winner James Alan Macpherson. This book will focus on Beauchamp's journey as well as the social and political significance of his trials attending to a case that many believe was the catalyst for the Black Resistance movement that later became known as the American Civil Rights movement.

On Thursday, February 3, Beauchamp will give the keynote lecture at 10:30 a.m. in the Campus Grounds of the HPCC. Both the film showing and the lecture are sponsored by Mount Union College's Black Student Union and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

The Black Student Union Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Grounds of the HPCC.

On Sunday, February 20, the Black Student Union will present 'Production Dinner Theatre,' with the theme of 'The 1950's ' 1960's: A Season of Unrest, A Season of Change.' There will be music, featuring The Caron Barnes Quartet. The production will be held at 6 p.m. in the Kresge Dining Commons and includes a 'Soul Food' Dinner. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for children (children age three and under are free).

'The Spoken Word and Poetry with Ace Boogie' will be held on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center, located at 243 West Simpson Avenue.

All events except for the Production are free. All events are open to the public. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Production, call (330) 823-7288.

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