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Lunch Time Talk: BANISHED American Ethnic Cleansing

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Lunch Time Talk: BANISHED American Ethnic Cleansing

Time: May 22, 2012 from 11am to 1pm
Location: The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven -
Street: 70 Audubon Street
City/Town: New Haven
Phone: RSVP: Jermell Smart 203.777.7086 or jsmart@cfgnh.org
Event Type: movie, and, conversation
Organized By: Kenn Harris
Latest Activity: May 10, 2012

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A hundred years ago, in communities across the U.S., white residents forced thousands of black families to flee their homes. Even a century later, these towns remain almost entirely white. BANISHED tells the story of three of these communities and their black descendants, who return to learn their shocking histories.

In Forsyth County, Georgia, where a thousand black residents were expelled, the film explores the question of land fraudulently taken, and follows some descendants in their quest to uncover the real story of their family's land. In Pierce City, Missouri, a man has designed his own creative form of reparation—he wishes to disinter the remains of his great-grandfather, who was buried there before the banishment. And in Harrison, Arkansas, home to the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan, a white community struggles with their town's legacy of hate.

By investigating this little-known chapter in American history, BANISHED also takes a contemporary look at the legacy of racial cleansing. Through conversations with current residents and the descendants of those who were driven out, the film contemplates questions of privilege, responsibility, denial, healing, reparations and identity

Seating is limited, so please RSVP by calling Jermell Smart at 203.777.7086

or emailing at jsmart@cfgnh.org

Lunch will be provided

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