Barbara Johns: The Making of an Icon
A Documentary Film by Fabrice Chiambretto
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and Capitol Square, Free
This film by French filmmaker Fabrice Chiambretto follows the creation of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, unveiled on Richmond's Capitol Square in 2008. It also tells the story behind the memorial: the 1951 Moton High School Student Strike led by 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns in Farmville, Virginia. The students' courageous actions catapulted Prince Edward County into the center of the U.S. civil rights movement and ultimately resulted in the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board decision outlawing racial segregation in America's public schools. A tour of the memorial with individuals directly related to the strike will conclude the evening. The film is presented in partnership with the Robert Russa Moton Museum. This program complements the Library's latest exhibition, You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Thanks to our programming sponsors: Style Weekly (media) and Middleburg Trust Company (education).
You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free
Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.