[Blackstudies-l] 2/16: film screening: 10, 000 BLACK MEN NAMED GEORGE

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Tue Feb 10 08:09:48 EST 2015

2/16: film screening: 10,000 BLACK MEN NAMED GEORGE

For the rescheduled February Monday Mayhem the Flying Squirrel Community
Space is screening the film "10,000 BLACK MEN NAMED GEORGE." It will be
followed by a discussion.

Monday, February 16, 2015
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free and Open to the public (donations always welcome!)

On the first Monday of every month, the Flying Squirrel hosts special
programming that forgoes the technical and logistical concerns of running
an open-use community space in order to take a closer look at the impact of
our actions on the community and our potential as a catalyst for change.

10,000 BLACK MEN NAMED GEORGE is the "powerful true story of the first
black-controlled union, The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This 2002
production was initially brought to Cyrus Nowrasteh by Executive Producer
Stan Margulies (ROOTS) and Nowrasteh welcomed the challenge to bring this
controversial and inspiring tale to life. Controversial because its hero is
an African-American socialist, and inspiring because he led a fight against
one of the most powerful corporations in America.

"When the Great Depression struck America in the 1920s finding work was
hard, but if you were poor and black it was virtually impossible. Working
as a porter for the Pullman Rail Company was an option, but it meant taking
home a third as much as white employees and working some days for free. You
could forget about being called by your real name — all black porters were
simply called 'George' after George Pullman, the first person to employ
emancipated slaves.

"Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist and educated socialist trying to
establish a voice for these forgotten workers, agrees to fight for the
Pullman porters’ cause and form the first black union in America.
Livelihoods and lives would be put at risk in the attempt to gain 10,000
signatures of the men known only as 'George.' This is the true story of how
a courageous leader came to be known as 'the most dangerous man in America.'

"Nowrasteh won the 2003 PEN USA WEST Literary Award for Best Teleplay. It
is the only time in PEN history that a writer has won an award in the same
catergory two years in a row (Mr. Nowrasteh won for THE DAY REAGAN WAS SHOT
in 2002)."

More info on the film: 10,000 BLACK MEN NAMED GEORGE | Cyrus Nowrasteh


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