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Date and Location

February 26, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wexner 434 Ab


Please join the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a film screening of, “Isaac Pope The Spirit of an American Century.” Paula J. Caplan, Associate at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, documents the story of Isaac Pope. Grandson of enslaved people and born to sharecroppers in 1917, Pope was an eyewitness to the devastation wrought by both the Nightriders and the Nazis. Through the power of faith and family, he fought and overcame the 20th century’s stiffest challenges. He championed American freedom on the battlefields of Europe and worked tirelessly against institutionalized racism and workers’ oppression at home. Attorney Michael Curry is the Immediate Past President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP (2010 – 2016), and has been elected twice by members nationally to serve on the National NAACP’s Board of Directors (2014-present). Michael has over 20 years of service to the NAACP on city, state and national levels. Michael embraced the challenge of reviving the nation’s first chartered branch and was effective at recruiting the next generation of civil rights leaders. He drew on his years of legislative experience, work in civil rights, business and health law to advance the mission of the NAACP. Since his election to the National Board, where he is the first New Englander to serve since the 1970s, he has been appointed to key committee leadership positions, including serving on the Association’s Executive, Legal, Image Awards, Convention Planning and Constitution Committees. He currently Chairs the Association’s Advocacy & Policy Committee and Vice-Chairs Legislation & Political Action. In 2016 Attorney Curry was appointed by then Chairman Roslyn Brock to serve on the Charter School/Quality Education Task Force, and he has traveled the nation over the past two years engaging educators, activists, policymakers, parents and students on the challenges faced in education. In 2017, Michael also co-founded the National NAACP’s Next Generation (NEXTGEN) Young Professional Leadership Training Program, aimed at training the next generation of civil rights activists and NAACP leaders. Produced by an award-winning Harvard/LA/NYC/DC team, the film offers a compelling view of major events of the past ten decades, as seen through the eyes of Mr. Pope, an unassuming man whose inner fortitude and quiet accomplishments represent the Spirit of an American Century. Completed very recently, the film has already been made an Official Selection of three film festivals, and audiences are giving the film an average of 5 out of 5 stars, calling it “phenomenal,” “rich on so many levels,” and “inspiring.” “Isaac Pope The Spirit of an American Century” is a portrait of a warm, enduring interracial friendships forged during World War II that present a model for today, and it uncovers unexpected, contemporary connections among its subjects that are astonishing and inspiring. Light refreshments will be provided.