TPC Featured Program


TPC is pleased to present a series of programs by Fusion Films featuring Rev Dr. William J. Barber, II. This week’s program, Death Alley Press Conference Oct. 23, 2019, airs at 8 pm on Monday, February 17 and 10 am on Saturday, February 22. Dr. Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis join the Louisiana Poor People’s Campaign as they march with Rise St. James and the Concerned Citizens of St. John Parish who are embarking on their second multi-day march this year to save lives in Louisiana’s ‘Death Alley.’ ‘Death Alley’ is an area along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans which contains numerous industrial plants and is notorious for cancer cases. There are over 200 companies in this area, and residents feel that government regulations and oversight of effluents from these companies are lax.

 

At 8 pm on Monday, February 24 and 10 am on Saturday, February 29, Fusion Films will be pre-empted for a special presentation of Isaac Pope: The Spirit Of An American Century. TPC is showing this film in recognition of Black History Month.

 

From the virtual slavery of sharecropping to the segregated battlefields of World War II, through the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras to today, Isaac Pope stood at the front of the line and did his part to improve conditions for everyone. Now he is the subject of award-winning filmmaker Paula J. Caplan’s new documentary, Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century.

 

Born to sharecroppers in 1917, Pope was an eyewitness to the devastation wrought by both the segregationists in his home of North Carolina and by the Nazis. Through the power of faith and family, he fought and overcame the 20th century’s stiffest challenges. He championed American freedom on the battlefields of Europe and worked tirelessly against institutionalized racism and workers’ oppression at home.

 

With his 100th birthday on the horizon, Caplan asked Mr. Pope’s permission to document his story. He agreed, and the resulting film – produced by an award-winning LA/NYC/DC team — offers a compelling view of major events of the past ten decades, as seen through the eyes of Mr. Pope, an unassuming man whose inner fortitude and quiet accomplishments represent the Spirit of an American Century. It is also a portrait of some warm, enduring interracial friendships forged during World War II that present a model for today, and uncovers contemporary connections among its subjects that are astonishing and inspiring.
 
For more information, see the film website.





About Rev Dr. William J. Barber, II

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Bishop with the College of Affirming Bishops and Faith Leaders; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of three books: Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message For The Nation.

Rev. Dr. Barber is also the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature.

Rev. Dr. Barber served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, from 2006 – 2017 and currently sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. He is currently Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary and is a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. He is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award.

About the Producer

Fusion Films is a non-profit video production company that documents progressive movements and events.

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