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Coordinator: Melvin Starks & Larry Danos



To provide informative and provocative films that speak to issues of social justice, serving UUSF and the community.


Every third Friday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Check our our weekly newsletter, The Flame for information about upcoming events.

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Ida B. Wells: A Chicago Stories Special

Friday, March 15, 6:30 pm, MLK Room / Zoom

The documentary Ida B. Wells: A Chicago Stories Special, written and produced by Stacy Robinson, brings the Chicago investigative journalist, racial justice and equity activist, and suffragist, Ida B. Wells, to life.

Born a slave but emancipated during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells work as an activist began in Chicago during a visit to the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, where she protested the exclusion of Afro-Americans from the event.

Returning to her home in Memphis, she became co-owner and editor of the Free Speech and Headlight newspaper. She wrote scathing editorials on segregation, inequality, and lynchings in Jim Crow South, becoming the first person to single-handedly attack this issue. Burned out of Memphis, Ida B. Wells fled to Chicago, where she continued her activism work and added suffragist and refugee work to her duties.

The film places Wells's life and legacy squarely in the context of today's world, illustrating how the battles that Wells fought in her lifetime are ongoing and how today's activists continue to draw inspiration from her work. After the screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A.

For more information, please contact Melvin Starks ( or Larry Danos (415-722-6480).

Meeting ID: 937 7354 7229  Passcode: 283947

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