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The Making of "The Abolitionists": Preview and Discussion
Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM (EST)
Join the African American Museum in Philadelphia and WHYY for a preview of PBS and WGBH's newest American Experience documentary,
followed by a discussion on the making of the 3-part series!
Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southernesr, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in a furious struggle that forever changed the nation.
Doors open at 6:30pm
7:00pm | Screening of The Abolitionists, Part Two: 1838-1854
8:00pm | Post-Screening Discussion on the Making of the Series
- Richard Brooks, Portrays Frederick Douglass in The Abolitionists
Mr. Brooks is as actor, singer and director best known for his role as Assistant District Attorney Paul Robinette on the NBC drama Law & Order. His television credits include performances as the notorious bounty hunter Jubal Early in Joss Whedon's Firefly, and as the iconic Henry McNeil on the Syfy/USA network cult favorite Good Vs. Evil/G vs. E. On stage, he originated the role of Hammond Wilkes in the world premier of August Wilson's Radio Golf, written by the late great playwright with Brooks in mind.
- Dr. Lois Brown, Series Consultant
Dr. Brown is currently Visiting Professor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University. She has lectured widely and published articles on African American literature, women's writing, early American education, and African American history and religion. Brown's biography, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution, published in 2008, has been hailed as "the definitive Hopkins biography for decades to come."
- Sharon Grimberg, Executive Producer for The Abolitionists
Ms. Grimberg plays a key role in the origination, development, acquisition, and editorial oversight of films for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Grimberg was the executive producer of We Shall Remain, a multi-platform mini-series for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE that looks at U.S. history from a Native American perspective, and has helped AMERICAN EXPERIENCE productions win more than 40 honors, including Primetime Emmys, Peabody Awards, Writers Guild Awards and an Oscar nomination.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT.
SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WILL TAKE PLACE AT WHYY.
When & Where
The African American Museum in Philadelphia and WHYY
The African American Museum in Philadelphia collects and preserves the art and artifacts of, and through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. We are a gathering place for the community, a forum for broader community engagement and a partner for collaborations with historical and cultural institutions.
WHYY is Greater Philadelphia's leading public media provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and all of Delaware for more than 50 years. WHYY takes pride in bringing our audience news when it needs it, entertainment when it wants it and education when it counts -- on television, radio and the Web and in the community.