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Democratic Black Leadership Caucus Forum & Screening

Democratic Black Leadership Caucus Forum & Screening



In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday and Black History Month 2019, the Black Caucus presents our annual Leadership Forum and an unforgettable film screening, "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders."

Sunday, February 03, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

The Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus is proud to be joined in this celebration with the support of many community partners, including:

Portland Branch of the NAACP, President E.D. Mondaine
Nasty Women Get S**t Done, President & Co-founder Allison (Ali) King 
Greater Portland NOW, Chair Mary Schutten, and Vice Chair Rosa Colquitt
DPO Stonewall Caucus, Chair Michelle Risher 
The Clinton Street Theater, Owner and Operator Lani Jo Leigh

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Following the screening there will be a panel with distinguished guests on LEADERSHIP. Please stay as the panelist offer an inspiring and educational review of this highly acclaimed film with lively Q&A.

More details to come.


Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders
Laura J. Lipson
61 minutes

The Civil Rights movement brought forth many heroes, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, who have been made famous by their commitment to the cause. Yet most of us have never heard of Fannie Lou Hamer, Annie Devine, Unita Blackwell, Mae Bertha Carter, or Victoria Gray Adams. But without the efforts of these women, the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi would not have been possible. In a state where lynching of black males was the highest in the nation, a unique opportunity for women emerged to become activists in the movement. This is their story of commitment, bravery and leadership in the face of a hostile and violent segregated society.

This documentary presents original interviews with many of the Civil Rights movement’s most remarkable women: Unita Blackwell, a sharecropper turned activist, who became Mississippi’s first female black mayor; Mae Bertha Carter, a mother of 13, whose children became the first to integrate the Drew County schools against dangerous opposition; white student activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who not only participated in sit-ins but took a stand on integration by attending an all black university; Annie Devine and Victoria Gray Adams, who, along with Fannie Lou Hamer, stepped up and challenged the Democratic Party and President Johnson at the 1964 Convention.

In the name of freedom and equal rights, these women bravely faced great adversity and risked their physical safety, their jobs, and even their lives. When asked how they did it, one activist said, “I was standing on my sisters’ shoulders.”

Special Admission

$10.00 online, $12.00 at the door