The Center for Women & Gender is hosting a film screening of "Standing On My Sisters' Shoulders". Afterwards, a discussion will be facilitated by Adrienne Gillespie Andrews, the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity at Weber State University. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 5th, at 4:30pm in the TSC Auditorium.
About the Film:
The award-winning documentary "Standing On My Sisters' Shoulders" takes on the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950's and 60's from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it - and emerged as its grassroots leaders. These women stood up and fought for the right to vote and the right to an equal education. They not only brought about change in Mississippi, but they altered the course of American history.
The Civil Rights movement brought forth many heroes, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, who have been made famous by their commitment to the cause. Yet most of us have never heard of Fannie Lou Hamer, Annie Devine, Unita Blackwell, Mae Bertha Carter, or Victoria Gray Adams. Butwithout the efforts of these women, the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi would not have been possible. In a state where lynching of black males was the highest in the nation, a unique opportunity for women emerged to become activists in the movement. This is their story of commitment, bravery and leadership in the face of a hostile and violent segregated society.
This documentary presents original interviews with many of the Civil Rights movement's most remarkable women: Unita Blackwell, a sharecropper turned activist, who became Mississippi's first female black mayor; Mae Bertha Carter, a mother of 13, whose children became the first to integrate the Drew County schools against dangerous opposition; white student activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who not only participated in sit-ins but took a stand on integration by attending an all black university; Annie Devine and Victoria Gray Adams, who, along with Fannie Lou Hamer, stepped up and challenged the Democratic Party and President Johnson at the 1964 Convention.
In the name of freedom and equal rights, these women bravely faced great adversity and risked their physical safety, their jobs, and even their lives. When asked how they did it, one activist said, "I was standing on my sisters' shoulders."
About the Film Discussion Facilitator:
Adrienne Gillespie Andrews was selected as the new Special Assistant to the President for Diversity beginning July 1, 2013. She has worked in the field of diversity and inclusion for more than a decade and is excited to develop new opportunities for community building in this role. Andrews also serves as the Coordinator of the Center for Diversity & Unity and LGBT Resources. She began working at WSU in February 2005.
Andrews earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Ethnic Studies and Spanish in 1993 from the University of Utah (U of U). While there, she studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico in addition to completing an internship at the United States Supreme Court. Adrienne received numerous scholarships and awards for her academic performance and leadership abilities. She next attended the University of Denver College of Law as a Chancellor's Scholar, leaving in 1995 and returning to the U of U where she completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies in 1996. Her first master's degree was completed at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSUM) in Women's Studies in 1997. She completed a master's degree in Political Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2001. Her most recent academic accomplishment is a post graduate degree in Conflict Resolution & Mediation, received with honors from the U of U in 2006.
Andrews has worked in a variety of government, higher education and non-profit capacities including as the Director of the Center for Youth Policy and Programs for the State of New Jersey; Staff Associate in the New Jersey Department of State, Political Science Instructor at Rutger's; Women's Studies Instructor at MSUM; graduate associate and research associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Center for American Woman and Politics; among other positions.
A native Utahan, Andrews was raised in Davis County and has a long history of advocacy in social justice and inclusion work with a special capacity for community building, make her an excellent fit for this exciting position. Andrews currently serves as a board member to Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah and has previously served on the board for the American Red Cross of Northern Utah where she chaired the Celebration of Heroes fundraiser.
Andrews has received numerous honors while at Weber State University most recently the Woman of Wit Award for Faculty and the Quality Service Star Award. Andrews was selected as a Community Involvement Center Faculty Fellow for Service Learning in the 2011-12 cohort. She also received the 2009 Utah Campus Compact Civically Engaged Staff Award.
Andrews is married to Albert "Chip" Andrews. Whenever possible, she loves to travel, knit, quilt, read, write and laugh.
For additional information please contact the Center for Women & Gender at (435) 797-9222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org