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Free Screening of MR. STOKES' MISSION (With Filmmaker Q&A)

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8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113

Silver Spring, MD 20910

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Docs in Progress will host a free screening of filmmaker Sam Hampton's MR. STOKES' MISSION. This is a half-hour documentary short about Civil Rights activist and educator John A. Stokes, whose efforts contributed to the landmark Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which banned segregation in public education.

Filmmaker Sam Hampton will be present to participate in a conversation following the screening.

PRE-FILM RECEPTION: From 7-7:30 PM there will be a reception in the Screening Room with light refreshments. Film will begin at 7:30 PM.


ABOUT THE FILM

MR. STOKES' MISSION is a half-hour documentary about Civil Rights activist and educator John A. Stokes. On April 23, 1951, Stokes, then president of his senior class at the Robert Russo Moton High School in Farmville Virginia, helped organize and lead a walkout by students to protest inferior conditions for his fellow African-American students. His efforts contributed to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling three years later, which banned segregation in public education.

The documentary gives a candid and unique insight to the motivation and work of Mr. Stokes at the time of the student strike, in addition to his current work with students and educators.

Endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies, MR. STOKES' MISSION presents primary sources that make history deeply personal and immediate. MR. STOKES' MISSION gives a unique insight into the role that Stokes and other young citizens played in America’s movement from a segregated to integrated society.

MR. STOKES' MISSION is narrated by Terry Rumsey. Dr. Robert Green, Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University serves as academic advisor and scholar. The film also contains archival footage and personal photos of John Stokes’ and his family.



ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Sam Hampton’s previous films have won a CINE Gold Eagle Award for Documentary Short and a TIVA Bronze Award for Documentary. Hampton Films have screened at the Library of Congress, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Cornell Cinema, the Chautauqua Institution, and numerous film festivals. Sam is a Board Member and Teaching Artist for Docs In Progress, a Maryland non-profit that fosters a community for documentary filmmakers. Sam is now a partner in Hampton Consulting & Film, a management and media company based in Alexandria, Virginia. Sam holds a doctorate in urban education from Cleveland State University.


ABOUT DOCS IN PROGRESS
Docs In Progress gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. By developing, encouraging, and celebrating new and diverse voices in documentary film, Docs In Progress also seeks to deepen the public’s experience, understanding, and appreciation for documentary as a form of art and expression. The organization does this by offering an array of programs and services aimed at aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers and the broader community, including educational programs for adults and youth, fellowships, pitching workshops, work-in-progress screenings, and the Community Stories Festival.






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