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Hate Crimes in the Heartland, a new documentary, explores the 250,000 hate crimes committed in the United States each year through the lens of two hate crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On February 11, 2014, the Florida Atlantic University Agora Project presents the Florida premiere of Hate Crimes in the Heartland during Black History Month. This screening includes a reception and a talk with national and local civil rights leaders.
Florida Atlantic University is a natural partner to the Hate Crimes in the Heartland film and civic engagement campaign, as Florida stands at the center of the nation’s national debate on race and justice. FAU’s Agora project, a co-presenter of the Florida premiere, has dedicated its work to the teachings and promotion of civic discourse and cultural awareness. Together with local partners, Florida Atlantic University leads the effort to engage a broadly diverse group of community members (representing cross-cultural, interfaith and intergenerational individuals) to further the dialogue on race at this premiere event.
Hate Crimes in the Heartland is a feature documentary that explores our national conversation on race through the lens of two distinct hate crimes that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 and again in 2012. Crimes of hatred and prejudice – from vandalism, cross-burnings and lynchings to community genocides – are sad facts of American history. Few films have chronicled the stories and great tragedies resulting from these crimes so often omitted from our nation’s history. The documentary examines how hate crimes have come to be such a growing tragedy and trend, especially during the past decade.
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Hate Crimes in the Heartland is a feature documentary and civic engagement project by Emmy Award winner Rachel Lyon. Joined by co-producer Pi-Isis S. Ankhra, the production team came together in dedication toward revealing an untold story about how hate crimes impact people in the heartland of America. Northern Kentucky University faculty, graduates and students facilitated nearly every role of the production team with a commitment to carry this film from ideation to execution.
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