As our state celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day over this long weekend, our documentary, "The Color of Conscience," which chronicles the history of the modern human rights movement in our region, has been used by a number of groups to explore this subject.
Producer Marcia Franklin screened the documentary in Coeur d'Alene recently, and will show it again on Monday at 1 PM at the Nampa Civic Center. I wanted to share an email from her:
Peter, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my warm thanks to Friends of IdahoPTV board members Ann Smart, Judy Meyer, Erna Rhinehart and Roger Grigg for hosting me in Coeur d'Alene Thursday and Friday of last week.
In addition to the screening and discussion, which about 60 people attended at the beautiful library there, I was able to speak to a graphics/video production class at North Idaho College. Then the next morning Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene showed the documentary. (That brings the number of screenings to 12.)
It was particularly poignant for me to see a whole school watching the documentary, in the very same community where many of the scenes took place. Although I was able to be in only one class to answer questions, I spoke to all the students in the school before the program through their PA system. I suggested a few themes for them to think about with their teachers, including a particular quote from human rights advocate Norm Gissel.
As I understand it from teachers with whom I spoke, there were some thoughtful discussions afterwards, including one with a boy directly affected by one of the scenes depicted in the documentary.
A few hours later, several KKK members were holding signs in downtown CDA. If the children saw that on the news, hopefully they now had some more context for it.
I have attached a photo of something that was very special for me to see: a teacher who took Norm Gissel's quote from the documentary and wrote it on a whiteboard outside his classroom for all his students to see. We are developing lessons plans to accompany the program, one of which will expand on the theme of the quote, ie: "What does it mean to live a purposeful life?"
Again, many thanks to all who helped arrange my visit. I'm sure it will be one of the highlights of my year.
If my schedule permits, I'd be glad to talk to other groups. Indeed, if I hadn't already made plans to be in Coeur d'Alene and Nampa, I would have attended one of the Pocatello screenings, which were on the same days. I thought the LocalNews8 piece was very good, and was pleased it focused on Idaho Purce, an amazing person.
Several news organizations have highlights her efforts. Check out the following links:
Color of Conscience program: http://video.idahoptv.org/video/1949293974/
KIVI-TV, Nampa: http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/137391638.html
Local News8, Idaho Falls/Pocatello: http://www.localnews8.com/news/30202309/detail.html
CDA Press, Coeur d’Alene: http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_c6cf6bee-3dc1-11e1-b731-0019bb2963f4.html
Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com/
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