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Film Screening: Inside Buffalo-They Served America When America Was Not Ready to Serve Them

 

Reconstructing for the first time an important piece of African American history and placing it within the context of Civil Rights history, INSIDE BUFFALO, an award winning feature film, Best Documentary at Black International Cinema Berlin ,tells the story of the 92nd Buffalo Division, the all African American segregated combat unit that fought with outstanding heroism in Italy during the Second World War.

They were called “Buffalo Soldiers,” these men fought two wars at the same time, one against the Nazis, the other against racial discrimination. and those who survived found that their contributions went unnoticed upon their return to United Stated of America.

Director Fred Kuwornu, an Italian filmmaker of African heritage, searches out little-known aspects of the story, including details of the friendships forged between African American soldiers and the Italian partisan fighters and villagers they liberated from fascist rule. It is a 2008 meeting with Spike Lee – who was shooting “Miracle at St. Anna” on location in Tuscany that inspired Kuwornu to start this very personal voyage of discovery culminating in the powerful documentary.

The last living African-American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor in WWII, Vernon Baker, recounts vividly his war-time experiences and the heroism of his unit.

Click to view the film trailer and learn more.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is a filmmaker activist-producer-educator,  born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father is a Ghanaian surgeon who lived in Italy since the early 60’s. Fred Kuwornu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Mass Media, from the University of Bologna.  As a teenager, he started his career as a DJ and Producer. Later, he moved to Rome where he began working as a TV show writer for RAI public television.

 After his experience, working with the production crew of Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna”, Fred decided to research the unknown story of the 92nd Infantry “Buffalo Soldiers” Division, discovering and documenting the journey taken by the real 92nd Infantry veterans, and the entire African American segregated combat unit, which fought in Europe during WWII.

One Woman, One Vote: Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin

In this first person program, audiences will be taken back to 1920. The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in national elections has just been added to the Constitution, and the country is recovering from participation in the Great War, World War I. Jeannette Rankin will share her journey from grass roots suffragist to becoming the first woman in Congress.

Suffragist, pacifist and tireless advocate for social reform, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress (R-Montana), and the only member of Congress to vote no for U.S. entry into both world wars. She began her public career in 1910 working for suffrage and the cause of women and children during the reform decades of the early 20th century.  She was elected for represent Montana in Congress in 1916.

As a lifelong pacifist, she served as a lobbyist for the Women’s Peace Union and was a representative for the National Council for the Prevention of War. Through her activities as a lobbyist before, during and after her terms in Congress, and her commitments to peace and governmental reform, she never stopped believing in, and working for, a peaceful world and a government in which people truly have a voice.

Click for a full schedule of Pikes Peak Regional Women’s Vote 2020 Centennial Celebration events.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Scholar and historic interpreter Mary Jane Bradbury draws on over 25 years as an educator, actress and author to bring history to life.  She is a Chautauqua speaker for Humanities Montana and the Colorado Humanities, and has been an Artist in Residence for the Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT, and the Montana Historical Society.  Before leaving Colorado and moving to Montana in 2014, Mary Jane was an interpreter/enactor for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Presented in partnership with Colorado Humanities

Women’s History Celebration – For Middle & High School Students

Middle and High School students are invited to join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum in our celebration of the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.  Recognizing Colorado’s historic role in granting women the right to vote by popular referendum in 1893, the museum will explore the suffrage movement in Colorado and the United States through a variety of activities.

The event includes the Jeannette Rankin performance, a women’s history scavenger hunt, and partner activity booths – SPACE IS LIMITED – Please contact Meg.Poole@ColoradoSprings.gov or 719-385-5631 to reserve space for your students

10:00-11:00am: One Woman, One Vote: Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin

In this first person program, students will be taken back to 1920. The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in national elections has just been added to the Constitution, and the country is recovering from participation in the Great War, World War I. Jeannette Rankin will share her journey from grass roots suffragist to becoming the first woman in Congress. At the end of the program, students will be encouraged to ask questions.

Downtown Walking Tour: Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: Celebrating the 19th Amendment

Suffragists outside the National Woman’s Party Headquarters in Colorado Springs, 222 North Tejon Street, 1916, Harry L. Standley, Photographer

What did suffrage mean to the lives of women in the Pikes Peak Region? By examining the historic working-class neighborhood of south downtown, we will discover women’s stories of work, activism and philanthropy. Learn how the 19th Amendment paved the way for women to actively advocate for themselves, their families and their community.

While all are welcome, this tour is designed for an adult audience. Be sure to dress for the weather and come prepared with comfortable walking shoes. Space is limited. Tickets are required to secure a spot and will not be available to purchase at the tour. Please purchase your tickets online to secure a spot. 

Children’s History Hour: Cultural Crossroads

Ignite Their Curiosity with a History Adventure for Children ages 3 – 6 !

Have you watched as winter becomes spring? Do you grow taller each year? Change is all around us! Our region is a cultural crossroads that has changed over time. We’ll explore the new Cultural Crossroads exhibit and discover how our community has grown, changed, and how many different cultures have transformed our city into what it is today.

Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity, and craft.

Make a morning of it! After the event learn through play in our interactive “Trade at Bent’s Fort” children’s exhibit or explore the museum with Max the Marmot by picking up a Picture Hunt at the front desk.

Children’s History Hour: Dinosaur Tails

Ignite Their Curiosity with a History Adventure for Children ages 3 – 6 !

Did you know a unique dinosaur was discovered in Colorado Springs? Theiophytalia kerri was found in the Garden of the Gods Park in 1878! We’ll discover the tale of this amazing creature and learn how dinosaurs used their tails! Join us as we make dinosaur tails and go through an obstacle course to discover the importance of tails and how they aided animals of the past and present.

Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity, and craft.

Make a morning of it! After the event learn through play in our interactive “Trade at Bent’s Fort” children’s exhibit or explore the museum with Max the Marmot by picking up a Picture Hunt at the front desk.

Children’s History Hour: Intergenerational Month

Ignite Their Curiosity with a History Adventure for Children ages 3 – 6 !

This September we are celebrating Intergenerational Awareness Month. We’ll read “How to Babysit a Grandma” by Jean Reagan and explore how family relationships helped shape our community.

Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity, and craft.

Make a morning of it! After the event learn through play in our interactive “Trade at Bent’s Fort” children’s exhibit or explore the museum with Max the Marmot by picking up a Picture Hunt at the front desk.

Children’s History Hour: Big Ideas

Ignite Their Curiosity with a History Adventure for Children ages 3 – 6 !

Have you ever had an idea? What do you do with it once you have it? We’ll discover how big ideas led to amazing creations and possibilities in Pikes Peak regional history. How will your ideas impact our community?

Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity, and craft.

Make a morning of it! After the event learn through play in our interactive “Trade at Bent’s Fort” children’s exhibit or explore the museum with Max the Marmot by picking up a Picture Hunt at the front desk.

Children’s History Hour: Electrical Wizard

Ignite Their Curiosity with a History Adventure for Children ages 3 – 6 !

Electricity! It’s everywhere. In our homes, schools, offices, roads, and even in the sky! Join us as we explore the story of electricity and learn about Nikola Tesla, the man who discovered how to harness and apply electricity to our everyday lives.

Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity, and craft.

Make a morning of it! After the event learn through play in our interactive “Trade at Bent’s Fort” children’s exhibit or explore the museum with Max the Marmot by picking up a Picture Hunt at the front desk.

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