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Not all of the civil-rights victories in the 1960s were won at the cost of vicious beatings and mass arrests played out in front of television cameras. The Strange Demise of Jim Crow reveals that many Southern cities—including Houston—were desegregated in a quieter, almost stealthy fashion with behind-the-scenes negotiations, secret deals, and controversial news blackouts. It makes visible a fascinating case study of how urban power is really wielded.
Post-Screening Panel Discussion
Moderator: Thomas R. Cole, coproducer of the film and founding director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at UT Health in Houston. Panelists: Rev. William Lawson, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church; Rev. Bill Kerley, St. Paul's United Methodist Church; Amanda Edwards, associate, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.