Tuesday March 2 2021 at 7:00 PM

Long Long Way Part 2
Tuesday, March 2 | 7 pm EST

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In the concluding session, acclaimed producer, writer and educator Sonja D. Williams leads a panel discussion with Douglas, Garrett and award-winning filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez comparing Casablanca (1942), Crash (2004), and Black Panther (2018). The films from three eras of filmmaking chart a course from inclusion of a positive Black character through the complications of an explicit multi-racial narrative and into the realm of Black writing and directing. With clips from these films, the online discussion will unpack religious themes about human dignity, conflict, and redemption echoed in these films.


The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and the Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral. She holds the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at Union, formerly held by James H. Cone, and is considered a leader in the fields of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, and sexuality and the black church.

Dr. Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University, Theologian in Residence at the American Cathedral in Paris, and the author of over two dozen books, including A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation (Oxford University Press). He is currently at work on book and public projects related to white racial mythologies and racism in the Church.

Phillip Rodriguez is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of City Projects, a production company whose films and educational programs challenge ideas about race and diversity in America. Rodriguez' documentary films bring to light the complexities of Latino culture, history, and identity at a time when our nation’s demographics reflect unprecedented growth in the Latino community and the concomitant demand for relevant storytelling.

Sonja D. Williams brings a lifelong love of music, literature, and the media to her work. She has served as an educator as well as a multi-award-winning writer and producer of features and documentaries for National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI), the Smithsonian Institution and local radio stations nationwide. Howard is currently a professor at Howard University.