This Month in Human Rights
and Social Justice
The upcoming events and dates below are opportunities for all of us to recognize and remember those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for victims of
social injustice. 



March News and Events    

Salem State University Spring Film Series
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
This series of free public film screenings and discussion forums will use four new documentaries to spark community conversation about the long history of civil rights in the United States.

March 6  The Abolitionists     
A partial screening of The Abolitionists will be followed by a discussion with Dr. John Stauffer, Chair of the History of American Civilization and Professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Learn more and see the full film list.

6:00-8:30 p.m. at Salem Five Community Room
210 Essex Street, Salem
Free and open to the public.
For more information, 978-542-7349.

Presented by SSU's Frederick E. Berry Library/Archives and Special Collections, the Interdisciplinary Studies Dept./American Studies concentration, History dept., and the City of Salem's No Place for Hate Committee.

March 6-13 Salem Film Fest
A much-anticipated precursor to Spring, the 7th Annual Salem Film Fest brings the world to our doorsteps as one of the largest documentary film festivals in New England.
   The SAF is pleased to sponsor a film again this year. The Exhibition follows contemporary artist, Pamela Masik, over a six-year period as she struggles to exhibit a collection of paintings focused on women who went missing over the previous two decades on the streets of Vancouver, and chronicles the ensuing public outcry. Learn more about the Film Fest.

The Exhibition screening (East Coast Premiere)
Sunday, March 9th at 6 p.m.

PEM's Morse Auditorium
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

March 23  22nd Annual Salem Award for
                 Human Rights
and Social Justice
Join us as we honor Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph for their decades of work to restore democracy, justice, and human rights to the people of Haiti. The day's events will include the award presentation and a celebration of Haitian culture. Learn more and reserve tickets.

Sunday, March 23, 4:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom 
18 Washington Square W., Salem, MA

Dates to Remember
March 1-31  Women's History Month

In 1981, Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 making the week of March 7, 1982 "Women's History Week." Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued annual proclamations designating March as "Women's History Month."
   Recognizing women's achievements in all facets of life has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and opportunities for girls and women. The National Women's History Project compiles an annual list of outstanding American women from the past and present. The theme for 2014 is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Meet the honorees.

March 15  President Johnson calls for equal voting rights (1965)
Best known as the Ides of March, this date is also remembered for President Lyndon Johnson's actions for civil rights. In the wake of the racial violence in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965, and before a joint session of Congress, President Johnson demanded that all citizens be guaranteed the right to vote because, "... it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice." Learn more.


March 25  International Day of Remembrance of
                 the Victims of Slavery   
On this day we honor those who suffered and died at the hands of slavery and remember that the dangers of racism and prejudice still exist today. This year's theme, "Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond" pays tribute to the worldwide fight against slavery. Haiti was the first nation to become independent as a result of the struggle of enslaved people; and 2014 marks 210 years since the Republic of Haiti was established on January 1, 1804. Learn more.

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