Nov 16, 2014
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Carrie Mae: An American Life
Sun. Nov. 16
Suggested Donation: CAM Members and Students: $5.00, Non-Members: $10.00
Documentary filmmaker Claudia Stack premiere’s her newest film Carrie Mae: An American Life the story of Carrie Mae Sharpless Newkirk, one of fifteen children born into a sharecropping family in Duplin County in 1923. She attended the Chinquapin Colored School, a Rosenwald school, and dreamed of becoming a teacher. She thought her dream was impossible after her father died when she was in high school. However, her principal obtained a work scholarship for her to attend Kittrell College. From there, she went on to earn her degree from Elizabeth City State Teachers' College. Carrie Mae taught in Pender County's segregated schools, then in 1966 she went on to become one of the first African American teachers to integrate a white faculty. Her life reflects the major shifts in southern education from the 1920s to the 1970s, as well as her 40+ year commitment to service through teaching. As she often said, "Children know when you love them." This film made possible in part by the generous support of the Middle Road Foundation.
Claudia Stack is an educator and filmmaker whose previous film about historic African American schools, Under the Kudzu, won the 2012 Director's Choice Award from the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. Under the Kudzu has been screened at a National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference and many other venues. For more information about Rosenwald schools please see www.underthekudzu.org.
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