Aired: August 22, 2015

Stars for Freedom

  • Birth of an Answer (15 min.)

    With: Avi Santo, Old Dominion University

    D.W. Griffith’s Civil War epic Birth of a Nation is notorious for its racist scenes. A new short film, Our Nation, tells the story of a young African American teenager’s response to the film in Norfolk, Virginia in 1915.

  • Stars for Freedom (13 min.)

    With: Emilie Raymond, Virginia Commonwealth University

    A new book tells the little-known story of how black actors and entertainers in Hollywood contributed their money, connections, and fame to aid the civil rights movement.

  • Race in America (24 min.)

    With: Julian Bond

    The civil rights leader Julian Bond passed away on August 15th. In a 2004 interview, Bond, whose grandfather was born into slavery, talks candidly about race in America 50 years after the Brown v. Board decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • “Our Nation” at Birth of an Answer

    One hundred years ago, the city of Norfolk, Virginia was the first Southern city in the US to screen the notoriously racist film Birth of a Nation. Lilia Fuquen reports that today, Norfolk is preparing for a celebration of creative responses to that film.

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    Sept. 18-21: Birth of an Answer in Norfolk

    The Birth of an Answer celebrates 100 years of African American creative responses to D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915) as well as Hampton Roads’ historic resistance to the film. The event is made possible in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Click here to find out more about the music, panel and film at the event.


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