The Freedom Film Series Presents DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till August 13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CINCINNATI, OH (August 1, 2016) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in partnership with ARTSCONNECT Springfield Township, presents a Freedom Film Series screening of DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till. The screening is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harriet Tubman Theater. A discussion with the film’s award-winning playwright, actor & director, Mike Wiley, will follow the screening. This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. The Freedom Film Series is sponsored by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till, is a transfixing, true dramatization of the historic interviews and events surrounding the murder of Emmett Till—a 14 year-old African American boy from Chicago, visiting family in Money, Mississippi, whose mutilated body was found in the Tallahatchie River after he was kidnapped and tortured for “whistling at a white woman.” The film was adapted from the acclaimed one-man play written and performed by Mike Wiley. In the play, and the film, Wiley plays each character.
“DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till is a powerful film about a horrific and painful moment in our nation’s history,” says Dr. Michael Battle, executive vice president and provost of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Mike Wiley’s moving performance and thoughtful interpretation highlights how a generation of young people came together in a moment of darkness to stand up to injustice, inequality and racially motivated violence.”
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till , presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in partnership with ARTSCONNECT Springfield Township, screens Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harriet Tubman Theater and is free and open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited. The Freedom Film Series is sponsored by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. For more information and to RSVP, visit freedomcenter.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.