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  • Bright Lights: Anita- Speaking Truth to Power with Liz Walker and Rev. Gloria White Hammond

    Mar1820147:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder

    Anita tells the story about a young, brilliant African American Anita Hill who accuses the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of unwanted sexual advances during explosive Senate Hearings in 1991 and ignites a political firestorm about sexual harassment, race, power and politics that resonates 20 years later today. Anita is a dramatic look at the consequences to a private citizen acting out of a civic duty to 'speak truth to power.' For the first time on film Anita Hill speaks about her experience in the Senate Hearings, her impact on issues of sexual harassment, workplace rights for women and men, social justice and equality. The film is about the empowerment of girls and women, and men, through the extraordinary story of Anita Hill. With special guests Rev Gloria White-Hammond and journalist Liz Walker.

    This event is part of the M.I.T. Women Take the Reel Series.

    Liz Walker is an award-winning television journalist, a documentary film producer, an entrepreneur and a humanitarian currently working in the war-torn country of Sudan. A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Liz has chosen to combine her communication skills with her passion for serving the world. To New Englanders she will always be known as Liz, after 32 years as a television news journalist, nearly 20 of those anchoring WBZ Television's evening newscasts in Boston. Her current show "Better Living with Liz Walker" is aired on WCVB Television.

    Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. is the Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA, Executive Director of My Sister's Keeper,, and a retired pediatrician from the South End Community Health Center.

    Dr. White-Hammond's community service spans three decades and two continents. In 1994 she founded the church-based creative writing/mentoring ministry, "Do The Write Thing" for high-risk adolescent females. The project has served over 200 young women through small groups in Boston public schools, juvenile detention facilities and on site at Bethel AME Church.

    In 2001-2003, Dr. White-Hammond traveled to war-torn South Sudan to participate in an elaborate "underground railroad" to facilitate the freedom of more than 10,000 people enslaved in northern Sudan during the civil war. The experience prompted her and five other women to co-found My Sister's Keeper, a women-led humanitarian and human rights organization that champions social justice for women and girls in the United States and around the world. Since 2001, Dr. White-Hammond has made more than 25 trips into South Sudan, Sudan's Darfur and Nuba Mountains regions and Chad. The group is deeply committed to three pathways to sustainable peace. The Sisterhood for Peace initiative supports a growing network of diverse Sudanese women in Sudan, South Sudan and the Diaspora, who collaborate across traditional boundaries of race, religion, ethnicity and geography to promote peace throughout and between their countries. The Kunyuk School for Girls, a primary school located in Akon, South Sudan began in 2003 with 100 girls. In 2008, MSKeeper completed the construction of the permanent campus for the school, now comprised of 550 students. In 2007, My Sister's Keeper launched the Women's Peace School, an adult literacy project also in Akon, which supports 200 women.

    In 2008, Dr. White-Hammond retired from the South End Community Health Center after serving 27 years as a dedicated pediatrician to families from some of Boston's most challenged communities.

    Dr. White-Hammond is a graduate of Boston University (AB, 1972), Tufts University School of Medicine (MD, 1976) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv, 1997). She is a member of the boards of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Alumni Association, Tufts University and United to End Genocide.