Screening of To Kill a Mockingbird

September 26, 2013

More than 100 people including students, faculty and staff, and community members attended the screening of To Kill a Mockingbird in Neumiller Lecture Hall located in Bradley Hall on Wednesday, September 25, at 6 p.m.  This was part of the "Celebrating Civil Rights – Past and Present," theme for Bradley University’s 2013-2014 school year.

To Kill a Mockingbird is based on the 1961 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee. Told through the eyes of six-year-old Scout, the story centralizes on lawyer Atticus Finch in his racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. When he agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman, the townspeople try and get Atticus to pull out of the trial. To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about innocence, prejudice, knowledge and courage in a time of racial upheaval. In the rural American south during the depths of the Depression, two children watch as their principled father takes a stand against intolerance.

Bradley President Joanne Glasser gave the introduction while Cliff Scott-Rudnick, Assistant Professor at The John Marshall Law School and Don Jackson, Peoria NAACP President led discussion with the audience during the movie.

Honoring the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this year-long, campus wide theme focuses on how learning from the past can shape the future. This educational journey will take students outside of the traditional classroom with events such as reenactments and performances, presentations, guest speakers, contests, and movie screenings.

Upcoming events as part of the "Celebrating Civil Rights – Past and Present," theme include a campus/community book read of Warriors Don’t Cry, Dr. Bernice Sandler will host a discussion titled “Chilly Climate for Women” on October 23 and we will show the movie 42 (the Jackie Robinson story) on October 30th.  For more details visit Bradley.edu/civilrights.