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2018 Five Rivers Peacebuilder Experience (PbX): "Agents of Change" Film

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Dayton Metro Library - Main

215 East 3rd Street

Dayton, OH 45402

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AWARD WINNING FILM SHOWING AND DISCUSSION

The goal of the film screening is to show youth members of the community that they have the ability to advocate for positive change. The goal of the discussion is to discuss action steps to begin a City of Dayton Human Relations Council ambassador program.

Film Screening: Agents of Change (1 hour 10 minutes)

“From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969,the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history.

Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.” www.agentsofchangefilm.com

Documentary followed by a Guided Discussion led by Human Relations Council (10 minutes)

Discussions Questions:
1. What is civil disobedience?
2. Is civil disobedience ever warranted?
3. How can a peaceful protest remain both peaceful and effective?
4. Is militant action ever necessary?
5. How do you maintain your cultural identity while also being a part of the larger
community?
6. Is there a middle ground between assimilation and nationalism?
7. What responsibilities do young people have to be civically engaged?

Draft an action plan for beginning a City of Dayton Human Relations Council Ambassador program (10 Minutes)



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