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Atlanta Cyclorama Presents Free Screening Of Ida Wells Documentary On May 1

Ida B Wells“We continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta in May,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.  “We will screen Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice on May 1. If you’re not familiar with this feisty civil rights crusader, you must see this fascinating documentary. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your family, book club, friends and neighbors and join us for an entertaining and enlightening evening.”

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice – FREE screening in partnership with Urban Film Review on Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm at the Cyclorama

Born at a time during which this country was fighting a bitter and bloody Civil War, Ida B. Wells-Barnett would become a household name in the African American community.  Not only was she a contemporary of W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, she was their equal—fighting tirelessly for racial justice, and civil and human rights.

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman: journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader.  Included are readings from Wells’ memoir by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

“One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.”  Ida B. Wells.

Here’s a video excerpt from the movie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXZFdGhhMnk

After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue.   Mr. Muhammad has written and lectured about Morehouse College history, Dr. Georgia Dwelle, Dinah Watts Pace, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers and David T. Howard, among others.

The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in Grant Park in 1921. The building contains the largest oil painting Atlanta Cyclorama - Painting #2in the world. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the entire series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called the “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, maps and other artifacts. Tours of the Cyclorama take place throughout the day and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events depicted in the painting.

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum - exteriorThe Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. Our beautiful terrace, historical lobby and state-of-the-art theater are available for rental for your club meetings, wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, graduation and anniversary parties!  “Like” us on Facebook for the latest updates: http://on.fb.me/1f1ImC7.  For more information and to plan your visit: www.atlantacyclorama.org.

Media Contact:  Karen Hatchett, Hatchett PR at karen.hatchett@charter.net

 

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