IU South Bend’s Civil Rights Heritage Center presents a monthly series of films and community discussions exploring the history of racial cleansing in the U.S.
Between 1860 and 1920 hundreds of U.S. counties expelled their black residents. African Americans not only lost their hard-won homes, farms and businesses, but saw their communities and families dispersed and their very right to exist violated.
Banished traces three of these counties. The film reveals that even one hundred years later, these racially cleansed communities tend to remain all-white bastions of separatism, sometimes harboring active klaverns of the Ku Klux Klan.
Winner of the Organization of American Historian’s Erik Barnouw Award, an Award of Commendation from the Society for Visual Anthropology and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media from the Council on Foundations and Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media, Banished is both a scrupulously researched history film and a probing study of the process of racial reconciliation.
Immediately following the film, Dr. Darryl Heller and a panel of local organizers will lead a discussion, with a focus on their work to share the history of reparations.
For more information, contact the Civil Rights Heritage Center at 574.307.6135 or email the interim director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program received support from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.