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Movie night explores issues of racism and forgiveness

Posted by Kathryn Eident  January 27, 2009 07:44 AM

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President Obama’s message of hope and unity has inspired a national discussion about what it means to be an American and an engaged citizen. This Thursday, the First Baptist Church of Needham will continue this discussion with a movie night at 7 p.m. at the Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Ave.

Participants will see, “Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath,” a documentary about a college student who travels across the country to find out what it means to be an American after September 11, 2001. When she learns of a Sikh man who is mistaken for a Muslim and murdered, she discovers what it takes to forgive in a time of fear and hatred.

After the movie, join a discussion about issues that divide even as the country takes steps towards equality.

“We wanted to have a meaningful conversation about the fact that even as progressive as we feel having the first African American President, there are still a lot of underlying “isms” like racism and sexism,” said Rev. Debora Jackson, First Baptist Church pastor. “These things come out to show that we aren’t done—we aren’t finished having this conversation.”

Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the First Baptist Church at 781-444-1179.

“Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath”
Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m.
Needham Historical Society
1147 Central Ave. Needham
Hosted by the First Baptist Church

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