Race and the Building of America
Call Number: DVD E185.86 .S256 1995
Publication Date: 1995
After a cultural presentation by Ms. Deri Jackson, a student at St. Mary's University, Dr. Alice Kersnowski, Professor of English at St. Mary's University and Member of the President's Peace Commission, introduces a Mrs. Hattie Briscoe, Attorney-at-Law, the first African American graduate of the St. Mary's University Law School, and Ms. John Etta Slaughter, retired Professor of Social Sciences and History at St. Philips's College. Opening with the statement that it is from the past that we get our guidance and inspiration, Prof. Slaughter relates the biographies of three African American women who, though little known, are important to black history: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary Church Terrell, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Mrs. Briscoe then speaks about her life growing up in Louisiana and East Texas, working her way through college and law school. Questions from the audience on affirmative action, the image problem suffered by African American men, the recent surge in interest in the writings of black women, and the sources of inspiration for African American women are responded to by the speakers. 70 minutes.