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February 8, 2011
For immediate release

Film series to highlight Black History Month topics, remember Dr. Wilbur L. Dungy

Jackson Community College will present a new Black History Month event, the Wilbur L. Dungy Film Festival, for students and the community in February.

JCC’s new Dr. Wilbur L. Dungy Endowed Chair in Life Science, Science & Health and Physical Fitness, Dr. Steven Albee-Scott, is coordinating the film series. Films focus on aspects of black history and are designed to educate about the success and sacrifices that Dungy went through to become a successful biologist and professor at JCC. Films include:

  • “Amistad,” 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, Federer Rooms B & C, Potter Center. In June 1839, the Amistad set sail from Havana with 53 Africans who had been abducted from West Africa and sold into slavery aboard. Three days into the voyage, the Africans, led by 25-year-old "Cinque," revolted, killing the captain and ordering the ship back to Africa. Later, the ship was seized and the Africans were sent to a New Haven jail and charged with piracy and murder. Please attend to find out the rest of the story. Be aware that “Amistad” is rated R.
  • “Song of the South,” 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, Federer Rooms B & C, Potter Center. Joel Chandler Harris’ children’s stories about the South are animated with the help of Disney Animation Studios. The setting is the Deep South, at some indeterminate point during the latter half of the 19th century (it is not clearly indicated when in relation to the American Civil War the story takes place: whether during the Antebellum or Reconstruction periods). The NAACP acknowledged "the remarkable artistic merit" of the film, but decried the "impression it gives of an idyllic master-slave relationship."
  • “The Tuskegee Airmen,” 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, Federer Rooms B & C, Potter Center. The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II. Formally, they were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were known for flying the North American P-51 Mustang. When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47's red, the nickname "Red Tails" was coined. Bomber crews applied a more effusive "Red-Tail Angels" sobriquet. Wilbur L. Dungy served his country as a Tuskegee Airman.

All films are free, and students and the community are welcome to attend.