BLACK HISTORY FILM FESTIVAL
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021
In celebration of Black History Month, PVCA will be hosting a film festival on the morning of Friday, February 26th. Instead of attending their regular classes, students will have the opportunity to select a film, view it, and participate in a discussion group. Discussions will focus on the contributions of African Americans, perseverance, and the Christian response to injustice both in history and today. Please review the information about the films provided below. If you would like more information about the content of a film, visit Common Sense Media. Some of the movies contain scenes of a sexual nature; these scenes will be omitted from our showing.
If there is a film that you do not want your student to see, please communicate that information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spenser), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the space race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines and inspired generations.
When bright six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. But guided by the love of her mother and father, Ruby’s heroic struggle for a better education becomes a lesson for us all.
Red Tails is the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, inspired by true events from the Second World War. Executive produced by George Lucas and directed by Anthony Hemingway, the film depicts the heroic exploits of the elite African-American fighter pilots who proved their worth in the skies over Europe. With innovative use of digital technology, aerial dogfights are recreated like never before with a cast of noted actors including Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard.
Subjected to intense racism at home, the African American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are given a rare opportunity to prove their bravery in the fight over Europe. Flying the latest aircraft with distinctive tails painted red, the fighter squadron must overcome adversity in its many forms.
Based on a true story, the plot revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) at Wiley College, a historically black college related to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (now The United Methodist Church), to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s, when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a fear for blacks. The fictional Wiley team eventually succeeds to the point where they are able to debate Harvard University.
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them
PLANT SALE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Every year, members of the PVCA community come together to serve at the Academy’s largest fundraiser of the year, The PVCA Annual Plant Sale. This year’s plant sale is scheduled for Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8.
Volunteers are the most essential piece of making the plant sale a success, while this year’s sale may be very different from past sales, due to COVID-19 protocols, we still know we need people to fill key roles at critical times.
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