African-American History Month

Consul General Earl Miller (right) with filmmaker Laura Lipson (left) and Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jared Yancey (center)
Consul General Earl Miller (right) with filmmaker Laura Lipson (left) and Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jared Yancey (center)

On February 27, Consul General Earl Miller hosted a reception to mark the end of African-American History Month. The trailer of “Standing on my Sisters’ Shoulders”, Laura Lipson’s moving and award winning documentary on the contributions of unsung women heroes of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s was screened to highlight a crucial part of American history.  Laura

Filmmaker Laura Lipson delivers the keynote address at the African-American History Month Reception
Filmmaker Laura Lipson delivers the keynote address at the African-American History Month Reception

visited Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg and used the film as a platform to encourage at risk youths to use their family stories to record history and seek mentorship for support and guidance.  In addition to Laura Lipson’s program, members of the Consulate community also engaged learners on topics such as the “Integration of Little Rock High School”; “Race, Culture and Identity”; “Important Milestones for Blacks, Asians and Other Minorities”; and “Black Firsts”.

Click here for trailers of Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders.