Film documenting post-Civil War slavery to be screened in Long Beach
By Greg Mellen Staff Writer Long Beach Press-Telegram
Posted: 06/13/2012 07:14:05 PM PDT
Updated: 06/13/2012 08:42:48 PM PDT
LONG BEACH – Neoslavery documentary to be screened Saturday
A documentary to be shown this weekend will examine one of the dirty secrets in the South during the Reconstruction Era – that after the Civil War, thousands of blacks were sent to brutal forced labor camps where they were essentially re-enslaved despite the Emancipation Proclamation. It was a practice that endured from 1865-1945.
In honor of Juneteenth, the documentary film “Slavery By Another Name” will be shown at 1p.m. Saturday at Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., in Long Beach. A panel discussion will follow.
The 90-minute PBS documentary is based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon.
The film examines the forces both in the South and North that allowed a form of neoslavery to persist.
After the screening, Leo Stallworth of KABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News will moderate a discussion with U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson, attorney Michelle Anderson, retired judge Marcus Tucker and minister and former Deputy District Attorney Arthur Grey. The event is free.
– Greg Mellen
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME
Screening, Discussion, Q&A
JUNE 16, 2012 1:00PM
Houghton Park Community Center
6301 Myrtle Ave. L.B. 90803 MAP
Moderator: Leo Stallworth, Reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News
Panelist: Michele Anderson, Prosecutor with the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Panelist: Retired Judge Marcus Tucker, Los Angeles Superior Court
Panelist: Congresswoman Laura Richardson representing the 37th District of California
Panelist: Arthur J. Gray, Ordained Minister and former Deputy District Attorney Los Angeles County
90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.
For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today.