Monday, August 28, 2017

leadership dot #1914: civil

Imagine that you are a filmmaker and someone asks you to make a short film on the topic of your choice. How would you narrow it down?

When the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture asked Ava DuVernay this question, she made a film about August 28th. It seems that this day is a notable one in the civil rights movement, including:

> African American Emmett Till was murdered on this date in 1955 and the white men accused of the crime were acquitted. Chicagoan Till was in Mississippi visiting relatives when he reportedly flirted with a white woman, and the subsequent trial drew national attention to racial tensions in the South.

> The March on Washington was held on August 28, 1963 where a rally of 250,000 heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a Dream speech.

> Senator Barak Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, making him the first African American to be a party’s nominee.

Add your behavior to the list of things that happened on August 28 to advance civil discourse and human rights in this country. Take some action that embraces diversity instead of derides it, and use your free speech to promote acceptance instead of hate.

If you need ideas, click here.

Partial source: The World According to Gayle, O Magazine, August, 2017, p. 32

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