In 1968, a group of students led the longest campus strike in the United States history in search of equality and social justice for the African American community. Today this event is seen as a starting point for the establishment of ethnic studies and social equality. Through the stories of the young men and women who lead the battle for a more relevant and meaningful education for African American students, "Agents of Change" is a film that examines the untold story of the racial conditions found on college campuses.
As part of their 50-year anniversary commemoration, Luther College's Black Student Union will host a film screening of "Agents of Change" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. Both the screening and discussion to follow are open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Decorah community is invited to come hear the stories of several people who were impacted by the racial conditions of the educational community in the 1960s.
"Agents of Change" is a film co-produced and directed by Frank R. Dawson and Abby Ginzberg. It focuses on the stories of the men and women who dealt with the struggles of being a black college student in the late 1960s. The characters in this film are caught in the middle of the civil rights movement, the black power movement and the anti-Vietnamese war movement.
According to the African American Intellectual History Society, a scholarly organization focused on black thought and culture, "Agents of Change" is the new documentary on black student activism. This film explores the lives of the people in this time period draws parallels to the similarities of the lives of people today.
The Black Student Union is an organization that was established in the fall of 1968 by a group of students looking for a space where they were able to celebrate their culture, accomplishments and share in their struggles. The yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of this organization formally commences during homecoming on the weekend of Oct. 26. It will continue the yearlong calendar of lectures, speakers and other events to celebrate BSU's 50th anniversary. More information about these upcoming events is available at https://www.luther.edu/alumni/events/bsu/.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.