Southern University celebrates Black History Month with film festival, summit

Southern University celebrates Black History Month with multiple events

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Southern University is hosting several events in recognition of Black History Month.

The Southern University Law Center has partnered with the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAS) at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to host a series of panel discussions including, becoming a justice watchdog, getting the ear of the media, using art to advocate, and more.

"People are going to leave here trained on how to change policy, how to change law, how to work to reform the grand jury system, how to become watchdogs, even how to address prosecutorial misconduct. We are presently facing a justice gap across the nation and in Louisiana, which means the legal needs happen to outpace now the legal services that are available,” said Angela Allen-Bell, law center director and professor.

Legal professionals and social workers who attended the event received 5.5 and 6 continuing education credit hours, respectively.

Two local alumni chapters will also host events over the weekend.

One group will host a film festival honoring black filmmakers.

Proceeds from the film festival will benefit scholarships for Southern’s students.

WHAT: 2020 Revelations in Black Film Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Mt. Pilgrim Family Life Center, 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, La.

COST: $5 for students | $15 for a single day ticket | $20 for a ticket for both days

Participants will also explore important civil rights and black history events through films.

In attendance will be filmmaker, Keith Beauchamp.

“What I hope people take away when they come to this festival is inspiration. I’m hoping that when people come today, they get inspiration to put themselves in a position of power to make a difference and find what will be their passion in life,” said Beauchamp.

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