“Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders” film viewing and discussion is part of the free Faces of Diversity brown bag series from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.
The civil rights movement brought forth many heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks. Their fame can be directly attributed to their commitment to the cause. However, they were not the only people who answered the call to stand and fight for equality and justice. Most people have never heard of Fannie Lou Hamer, Annie Devine, Unita Blackwell, Mae Bertha Carter or Victoria Gray Adams. But without the efforts of these fearless women, the civil rights movement in Mississippi would not have been possible.
This film reveals the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and ’60s from the perspective of the courageous women who lived it and emerged as its grassroots leaders.