‘Free at Last’ MLK documentary screening and panel discussion

Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions will sponsor a screening of Free at Last followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., in the Kelley Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Free at Last is a PBS documentary from 1968 that follows the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s organization of the Poor People’s Campaign. Nominated for an Emmy Award and winner of The Gold Lion for Best Television Documentary at the 1969 Venice Film Festival, “Free At Last”features footages of  Martin Luther King Jr. during the last few months of his life.   

Producer and panelist, James Desmond, explained, “We were with Martin Luther King Jr. during the last three months of his life as he organized the Poor People’s Campaign. On January 15, 1968 we were in the Sunday School room of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on the first day of the Southern Christian Leadership Council’s Planning Sessions for a massive occupation of Washington D.C. by thousands of the country’s underclass to attack the economic injustice in America. That day was Martin Luther King’s 39th birthday. And his last.”

George Mintz, president of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP and Carolyn Vermont, former chairwoman of the Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP, will join in a panel discussion following the screening. Elizabeth Hohl, assistant professor of History at Fairfield University, will moderate the panel discussion.

“We are honored to host the screening of such an important piece of American culture during Black History Month,” said Bob Hannafin, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

Sponsors of the event also include Fairfield University’s Office of Student Diversity, Residence Life, Black Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology and Visual and Performing Arts departments.

For questions about the screening contact the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at [email protected].

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