As an event in its Black History Month programming, Theatre West is screening the critically acclaimed documentary film Leveling Lincoln.
Leveling Lincoln. Documentary. Written and directed by Arden Teresa Lewis. Produced by Arden Teresa Lewis, Tinks Lovelace, Kimberly Woods. From NETA/PBS (Color, 2022, USA, 74 minutes, not rated) This documentary explores the history behind the landmark 1961 desegregation case Taylor vs, The Board of Education of New Rochelle, NY., where an entire elementary school had to be torn down to achieve a level playing field in education. This case, the first of its kind in the North (seven years after Brown vs. The Board of Education) was praised on the floor of the United States Senate as an example of successful integration by peaceful protest, discourse, and jurisprudence. It’s the story of how a community came together at the grassroots level to reject the accepted de facto segregation of their town and recognize how its history of privilege made them blind to systemic inequality.
On Sunday February 18 at 2PM, in honor of Black History Month, Theatre West is proud to present the full 74-minute Directors Cut of Leveling Lincoln helmed by long time member, Arden Teresa Lewis. Selected for over a dozen film festivals in Canada, England and the United States, this Civil Rights documentary has won best in its category in 9 of them: The New York Vision Award in the Harlem International Film Festival, and Best Documentary in the Rhode Island Black Film Festival, the Lady Filmmakers Festival and the Yonkers YoFi Festival, among others.
Come see the full version that won all those awards and prizes and meet the filmmakers and alumni of New Rochelle High School Class of ‘77 and start a conversation about this unique piece of Civil Rights history.
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