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Reminder - History Matters series: Birth of a Movement

Don't forget to reserve your seat for Thursday evening's event.


Pulitzer-nominated reporter, historian, and Boston University professor Dick Lehr tells the story of Boston's forgotten place in the story of civil rights in his latest book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War.

The 1915 film The Birth of a Nation is a groundbreaking technical achievement. It is also virulently racist, and glorifies the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan. Early civil rights leader and radical newspaper editor William Monroe Trotter embarked on a campaign to have the film censored in Boston.

Dick Lehr will speak about his work, which explores the parallel lives of Trotter and the film's director D.W. Griffith, and the film which has remained controversial for 100 years. He will also be selling and autographing copies of his book.

This event is co-hosted with the Boston African American National Historic Site.

 

Thursday, June 11th
5:30 pm

Free
Register through Eventbrite.