Uncategorized | 6:20 pm | January 14, 2010 | By Greta Stetson

Civil rights footage to air throughout campus

This weekend, Thain Family Café patrons will get some activism with their lattes: For the third year, civil rights-era film footage, taken from the 1987 documentary, “Eyes on the Prize,” will play on the public television in the Bass café throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.

The film presentation, which will show clips of civil rights movement rallies and speeches from the 1950s and 1960s, is part of a campuswide Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

“[The footage] gives a good history of the time when Civil Rights legislation was being passed,” Dean of Student Affairs Marichal Gentry said. “There’s a lot of footage with Martin Luther King in it.”

The residential colleges have also been provided with the DVD to feature on their own public-use televisions.

Other on-campus Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events include a Dwight Hall-sponsored day of service, a cooking demonstration with activist and chef Bryant Terry and a weekend-long festival at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

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