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Rural Civil Rights Project: Martin, TN

UTM Registrar's Office, 1963

Recently, the Rural Civil Rights Project (RCRP) has grown into a multi-site program. Last year, Kassi Abney developed the Rural Civil Rights Project: Martin, TN. With her documentary, “More Black Than White,” Abney has engaged in community screenings of her documentary about the slow process of desegregation in the local education system, decades after Brown v. Board of Education. This documentary has sparked an incredible dialogue in her community. Abney is borrowing from the conceptual framework of the Rural Civil Rights Project: Southern Illinois. The goal is to document untold civil rights history, a history that is largely silent about the racial tensions in the North and in rural Midwest communities. The purpose is to use digital rhetoric and technologies such as video production, digital archiving and mapping with the specific purpose of addressing the legacy of contemporary social conditions. Abney has adapted the topics of civil rights and community discussion based on the local history and current tensions in Martin, TN.

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News: 778 Bullets Raises Broad Discussion

We have recently started our community screenings with 778 Bullets and the audience reception has been enthusiastic and the momentum is growing.

What is interesting and notable is the way 778 Bullets is connecting with the community in which this forgotten story emerged, spurring several important screening events that continue to facilitate public deliberation about the shadows of our collective and local history. Local screening included partnership with churches, organizations and activist. The screening at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale—days after the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin—ended with a call to action and a series of planning meeting for organizing around the issues of race and violence in our local community.

News Story in Southern Illinoisan

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