The Union Recorder

June 14, 2013

Sallie Davis Cultural Arts Center prepares for Juneteenth celebration

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The community is invited this month to view a collection of cultural films in observance of Juneteenth at Georgia College’s Sallie Ellis Davis House. 

The film series, titled “A Credit to the Race,” serves as a lead in to a special Juneteenth lecture presented by Dr. Mark Huddle. The lecture is slated for 6 p.m. June 27. 

“Dr. Huddle’s lecture will be a follow-up to the Emancipation Proclamation discussion we had at a previous date at Sallie Davis,” said Davis House Program Assistant Deitrah Taylor. “It will address the different practices of Juneteenth and the way it has evolved.” 

Juneteenth, also referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. In honor of the historical day and Sallie Davis, the cultural arts center will feature films throughout the month that portray working African-Americans in the time period around Sallie Davis’ teaching days during her career as an educator. Films include “No Way Out,” “Bright Road,” “Imitation of Life,”  and “Nothing but a Man.” 

“Sallie herself was a black professional woman, and each film reflects how highly educated African-Americans during her time were portrayed in film,” Taylor said. 

On June 6, interested participants watched “No Way Out,” a film about a black doctor who is assigned to treat two racist robbery suspects. June 11, discussions stemmed from the movie “Bright Road,” a story about a fourth grade teacher in the south and the struggle she endures breaking through the tough exterior of a stubborn student.

“Bright Road not only mirrored some of Davis’ work as a teacher, but it also demonstrated the challenges that working African-Americans faced within their profession,” said Taylor. 

Upcoming films include “Imitation of Life” at 3:30 p.m. June 18 and “Nothing but a Man” at 3:30 p.m. June 25.

The Sallie Ellis Davis House served as Davis’ home from 1912 until her death in 1950. The house opens for regular tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment.

For additional information call 478-445-5889.

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