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    A Virtual fireside chat with robin diangelo

    Thursday, November 5 6 PM Via ZOOM

    The Beach Institute is excited to welcome Dr. Robin DiAngelo to a virtual fireside chat with our Chairman of the Board, Ronald L. Christopher, Esq. Recent events such as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have sparked a worldwide conversation about race. Join us for a candid conversation about this and racial inequality with Dr. DiAngelo, an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it has remained for more than two years and is being translated into 10 languages. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. Dr. D’Angelo also holds two Honorary Doctorates, is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.


    Pre-registration is required. Get your tickets here.


    Copies of DiAngelo’s book are available for purchase in the gift shop at The Beach Institute, or in our webstore.

    I'm Not Racist! A journey to Intercultural Competence

    A Virtual Course

    This daylong course is an introduction to the basic elements of diversity. The purpose is for participants to gain an awareness of differences and similarities between cultures. Participants will leave the workshop with tools to understand and work with people from different cultures. Topics include a discussion of basic elements of diversity such as race and ethnicity. Additional topics such as communication styles and values help participants to discern the appropriate approach in working with individuals whose styles differ because of cultural programming.


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    Malcolm X - A biography

    Thursday, March 19, 2020 6 PM

    This riveting biography of Malcolm X based on “the Autobiography of Malcolm X” and filmed in 1972 combines speeches, newsreels, and film clips provided by friends and acquaintances. Narrated by James Earl Jones and Ossie Davis, the film features appearances by notables, including Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayare Rustin, Betty Shabazz, Huey P. Newton, William Kunstler, Jesse Jackson, Kwame Toure (Stokely Carmichael), and Angela Davis, offering perspectives on the actives and life of this celebrated champion of human rights for African-Americans.


    Directed and produced by Arnold Perl.


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    Heritage Writers Workshop

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    1 PM - 3 PM


    Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon welcomes to the GRSC Heritage Writers March Workshop

    Special Guest Presenter Esther Grace Simmons who grew up on Gimball Point with her grandparents the Goshea. Esther is an inspirational speaker with a passion for preserving family heritage. Esther will share a wealth of information about the Goshea siblings and how their faith in God made them an example for future generations.


    Investment provided by The City of Savannah

    Genealogy Folk Gathering

    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    “Drylongso” is a term popularized by African American anthropologist John Langston Gwaltney. It means the everyday, average life experience of African American men and women. The Genealogy Research Support Center (GRSC) at the Beach Institute invites you to come to this special gathering and meet our special guest Michael N. Henderson.

    Michael N. Henderson, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy retired, began his genealogy journey over 30 years ago. In that time, he has uncovered Native American, French, African, French-Canadian, and Swedish ancestry as far back as 1658. He has located evidence of six French ships that brought his Swedish and French progenitors to Louisiana and he is investigating several slave ships that could prove to have brought his African ancestors to Louisiana. This year marks 10 years since Henderson became the first African American in Georgia inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. In 2010, he was featured in an episode of the PBS series History Detectives, discussing his research into his 4th great-grandparents, an enslaved woman named Agnes who gained her freedom in 1779 with the help of her French consort in Spanish colonial Louisiana. He later wrote about their story in his award-winning book Got Proof: My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation.

    Join us to learn of his story as one of the “Drylongso”. Books will be available at the Beach Institute. This Genealogy Folk Gathering promises to be a fun-filled day for all. Light refreshments will be served.

    This event is free and open to the public.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    Promising Practices to address the racial wealth divide

    February 26, 2020 6 PM

    Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Equity and Inclusion at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), will discuss promising practices to address the racial wealth divide at the local level. He will highlight the depth and breadth of racial wealth inequality as seen throughout the country and share effective practices to address these issues coming from local and state interventions.


    Mr. Asante-Muhammad oversees NCRC's Fair Housing, Fair Lending and Small Business programs. He is known for his economic inequality analysis particularly as it relates to the racial wealth divide.

    Learn swahili at the beach Institute

    Monday, February 24, 6:30-8:00 PM

    Hujambo. Habari Gani!


    It is estimated that over 150 million people globally speak Swahili, the Bantu language that’s fast becoming the common language of the African continent, where more than 1500 languages and dialects are spoken.


    The Beach Institute is proud to offer Swahili lessons to everyone. Whether you are seeking basic conversational skills or total fluency, Swahili is easy and fun to learn, regardless of your age.


    Join us on February 24, at 6:30 pm for more information and a free introductory lesson.

    Ida B. Wells Her Passion for Justice

    February 20, 2020 6 PM

    This documentary looks at the remarkable life and activism of Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862-March 25, 1931), an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, and fearless anti-lynching crusader. The film chronicles Ms. Wells-Barnett’s journey from an enslaved person in Mississippi to courageous fighter for equal justice and women’s suffrage, who carried the fight on both domestically and abroad. As an activist, Ida B. Wells-Barnett documented hundreds of lynchings in the United States, showing that it was most often used to terrorize and control African-Americans who competed with Whites or challenged white supremacy, rather than being based on criminal acts by Black people. She was one of the early founders of the National Association of Colored People in 1909.


    Join us for a special screening of Ida B. Wells - Her Passion for Justice, wine, cheese, and a robust community discussion!


    This event is free and open to the public.


    Super museum sunday at the beach institute & The King Tisdell Cottage Foundation

    Sunday, February 9 12 PM - 4 PM

    Join for the Georgia History Festival's Super Museum Sunday 2020!

    On Sunday, February 9, 2020, museums throughout Georgia will be free of charge. The Beach Institute and the Genealogy Center will be free and open to the public from 12 PM-4 PM.

    For more information, visit https://georgiahistoryfestival.org/events/2020-super-museum-sunday/

    Heritage Writers Workshop

    Saturday February 8, 2020

    1 PM - 3 PM


    Bring a picture of yourself or your parents or grandparents as children and what Childtime was like for you or them.

    Discussion Leader: Artist and Entrepreneur Llucy Llong


    Investment provided by The City of Savannah

    Title Text

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    6 PM - 9 PM

    Following the publication of her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, in 2005, Dr. DeGruy lectured extensively on how African-Americans continue to exhibit and generally transmit the effects of centuries of traumatizing oppression, including chattel slavery, Jim Crow, racial discrimination and domestic terrorism. BILLS is proud to present her 2008 lecture to a London audience where Dr. DeGruy discusses her research journey, findings and the need for racial healing. The 75-minute film will be followed by open discussion.

    Ms. Joy Angela DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. Ms. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.

    Ms. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies and evidence-based model development.


    This event is free and open to the public.


    Light refreshments will be served.


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    Kwanzaa - An African-American Celebration

    December 26 - January 1 5:30 PM

    Join us each night of Kwanzaa to light the candle and celebrate Kwanzaa with community. Harambee

    Book Signing

    With Trelani Michelle

    Join us at the beach Institute for a book signing with local author Trelani Michelle.

    The genealogy heritage writers group Christmas gathering

    Saturday December 14th 1 PM

    In the last month of our founding year let’s prepare to share the stories surrounding our memories of our families during the Christmas holidays. Dig out your pictures or artifacts that will inspire your story and join us at the kitchen table. If you have a home video of your family at holiday time on VHS we are prepared to watch it with you. Just pop it in and grab a seat in our mock family room.


    We will meet in the GRSC Room on the second floor at the Beach Institute. Please feel free to bring a friend and to share with others in your network.


    This event is free and open to the public.


    Investment provided by The City of Savannah


    Free Registration Here

    Kwanzaa - A celebration of family and Community

    December 18th 6 PM

    Celebrant and Master Storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste will tell the magnificent story of Kwanzaa and will explore the origin, the true meaning, cultural, and the historical significance of this African-American holiday. This masterful storytelling will provide an explanation of the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa), and lead a discussion on how to embrace and use these principles to help facilitate the building and sustaining of stronger, more self-determined and reliant African-American families and communities. Ms. Grant-Baptiste will also explain the seven symbols of Kwanzaa and demonstrate how to properly set up the Kwanzaa table. She will culminate the presentation with a Gullah folktale that demonstrates the spirit of Kwanzaa. This promises to be a very informed and enlivened presentation.


    This event is free and open to the public.


    Investment provided by The City of Savannah


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    Beach Institute Film Series Presents

    The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration

    The Black Candle is a moving documentary that explores Kwanzaa, an African-American cultural heritage celebration observed throughout the African diaspora. This award-winning documentary is narrated by celebrated poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning director and writer MK Asante.

    The Black Candle traces the birth and growth of Kwanzaa from its beginnings within the Black Power Movement of the 1960s to its present-day celebration as a globally celebrated pan-African holiday. The film provides an understanding of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith) which remain relevant and important today.


    This event is free and open to the public.


    Light refreshments will be served.


    Reserve your free tickets here.

    Living life to the TEA (talk enhance advance)

    Wednesday November 27, 2019 6 PM - 7:30 PM

    For more than 20 years Savannah resident Wayne Ashford founder of Tea’s Me Cafe Indianapolis, Indiana’s premier tea bar and proprietor of the Ashford Tea Company will share his amazing journey through the world of exotic teas and how he came to appreciate their many attributes and surprising benefits. Audience will be able to learn about and sample unique teas grown in exotic locales such as Kenya, South Africa, Indonesia, India. Sip and savor as Mr. Ashford explains why tea! This event is free and open to the public.


    Investment provided by The City of Savannah


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    Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth - Life and Times

    Thursday November 21, 2019 6 PM - 7:30 PM

    This documentary looks at the remarkable lives and activism of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, two 19th century contemporaries, as they each fought to advance the cause of human rights, equality and liberty. Tubman, known as the Moses of her people, most recently has been discussed to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill. Her life is purportedly the subject of the current controversial Hollywood release “Harriet” starring Cynthia Arivo. Importantly, this documentary separates fact from fiction. The film highlights the extraordinary life of Sojourner Truth who was enslaved in the North, regained her freedom and became a prominent voice for the gender equality and the abolition of slavery. Her assertion “ain’t I a woman?” resounds in gender equality struggles around the world to this day.


    Join us for a special screening of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth: The Life and Times. Stay afterward for wine, cheese and a robust community discussion!


    This event is free and open to the public. The documentary is approximately 55 minutes in duration.


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    Opening Reception

    Africa and its Gullah Geechee Connections

    This exhibit showcases the personal collection of Willis Hakim Jones, a local historian, and collector of Gullah Geechee artifacts and memorabilia, and features works by Gullah Geechee artists Jerydine Bennet Taylor and Aleathia Chisolm. The Beach Institute is proud to celebrate the cultural and historical nexus between Africa and Gullah Geechee culture through this impressive collection of cultural artifacts, photographs, books, art, and memorabilia.


    The exhibition will open on November 10, 2019, and run through January 2020. The Reception will be held at the Beach Institute at 4:00 pm on November 10.


    The Gullah Geechee people are denoted as descendants of Africans who were enslaved on the rice, indigo and cotton plantations along the Sea Islands of the lower Atlantic Coast. Their geographic isolation enabled them to develop a unique culture that retained much of their African roots. The Gullah Geechee community to this day has a distinct language, foodways, music and art which links directly to the trans-Atlantic movement of captive Africans from Sierra Leone, the Senegambia area, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, and other West African countries.

    Genealogy Folk Gathering

    Saturday, October 26th 9 AM - 4 PM

    We’re finally opening our house for friends and families to share our MESS. It’s an open house so make time to drop in throughout the day to see how we do it.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah


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    Beach Institute Film Series

    Wednesday October 30, 6 PM

    This documentary looks at the remarkable life and activism of Paul Robeson, an African-American pioneer in the struggle for human rights. The film threads his songs, political rallies, and speeches throughout in a way that throws light on 50 years of black activism in America from the Depression years to the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Insights from Paul Robeson Jr., John Henrik Clarke and Bayard Rustin accent this look at a true giant of a man; Paul Robeson, actor, singer, and international activist for freedom of oppressed people around the world.


    Join us for a special screening of Paul Robeson: Songs of Freedom, wine, cheese, and a robust community discussion!


    This event is free and open to the public.


    Get your free tickets here

    STONO: A Commemoration of Escape, Rebellion and Freedom

    Friday, October 25, 2019 6 PM

    The Stono Rebellion was an uprising of enslaved Africans that began on September 9, 1739, in the colony of South Carolina. It is the largest recorded, organized rebellion against British colonial slavery in North America.


    Which Way Savannah Initiative (in association with Drumfolk Shout + Music Society) presents this program which commemorates the self-determination of Africans, Gullah-Geechee and their Native allies – freeing themselves in the Gullah-Geechee corridor. Presentation dialogues will address the urgent need for refreshed narratives on the agency of regional African and Indigenous people in the struggle for liberation. A participatory jam and workshop featuring Gullah/Geechee freedom music will further inform the audience.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    “Drylongso” Genealogy Folk Gathering

    Saturday September 21 11 AM

    “Drylongso” is a term popularized by African American anthropologist John Langston Gwaltney. It means the everyday, average life experience of African American men and women. The Genealogy Resource Support Center (GRSC) at the Beach Institute invites you to come to this special gathering and share your family stories.

    My mother, pictured here in the 1920s with her box of animal crackers, transitioned in 2014 in Savannah. She was only in Savannah for the last year of her life. Can you imagine the challenges of telling her story? Her story is one of the “Drylongso.” Working with the newly forming GRSC, I’ve come to understand the importance of finishing the work she started on her family tree and sharing her journey. The first-year goal of the GRSC is to collect the family stories like mine and yours that will broaden our understanding of the Black family search for home across the Atlantic world, beginning right here in Savannah.


    Share your research or learn about managing your genealogy projects. This Genealogy Folk Gathering promises to be a fun-filled day for all. Free and open to the public.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah


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    Lecture and Learning Series Presents

    Strategies of Success: African-American Students’ Perspectives On Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates At Predominantly White Colleges and Universities

    Dr. Alicia Brunson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia Southern University (Armstrong Campus) will discuss the experiences of Black students at predominantly White institutions of higher education in the South. Drawing on extensive research, Dr. Brunson will outline common obstacles leading to attrition and lower graduation rates, and discuss counter-strategies derived from students themselves that portend greater success if supported by the host institution. Rather than a deficit model, focused on what led to undesired results, Dr. Brunson uses a persistence model to bring to light what has worked. Her efforts expand current research about Black student persistence at predominately White institutions of higher education.


    The lecture format will consist of one hour of lecture followed by 30 minutes of comment, question, and answer from the audience. Admission is free to the general public.

    Investment provided by the City of Savannah


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    The Beach Institute Film Series

    Slavery by Another Name

    The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center presents “Slavery by Another Name,” a documentary which challenges the belief that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon, the story covers the mass incarceration and forced labor systematically imposed on African-Americans from the end of the Civil War through the start of WWII.

    The film is approximately 90 minutes in length and will be followed by audience discussion. Admission is free to the general public.


    Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6 PM


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    Beach Institute Film Series

    Tell Them We Are Rising, The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

    The Beach Institute welcomes you to join us for a free screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising, The Story of Black Colleges and Universities”. This documentary by Stanley Nelson, of Black Panthers and Freedom Riders fame and Marco Williams, tells the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCU’s. Richard R. Wright, the first president of Savannah State University, is prominently featured.


    Join us for this special screening and stay around for a lighthearted community discussion afterward. This event is free and open to the public.


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    The American Judiciary: Matters and Morals

    Wednesday June 26, 6 PM

    The Honorable Tammy Stokes, Chief Judge of the Chatham County Recorder’s Court, will speak on The American Judiciary. One of the three constitutionally-created branches of government, the American Judiciary acts as a check to legislative and executive powers. Its verdicts and opinions significantly affect individual lives and influence American civic culture. The Honorable Judge Tammy Stokes presents selective topics from the Judicial Branch’s long history and offers a fascinating look at the complexities of American jurisprudence. Judge Stokes is Chatham County’s first African-American female judge.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    The Central Park Five

    Thursday June 20th 6 PM

    A documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns. This 2012 film examines the story five African-American and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. A precursor to the current Netflix Series, “When They See Us”, the Burns film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. The film is approximately 2 hours in length, followed by audience discussion.


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    The Genealogy Resource Support Center in Partnership with The Beach Institute and the City of Savannah Presents:

    Caring for Family and Ancestor Knowledge Workshop



    Join us for our first genealogy workshop to learn about finding family in the African Diaspora


    Workshop presenters include:

    · Dorothy Tuck, Genealogy Specialist and Celebrated Researcher of Megan Markel Georgia Ancestry, from the Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties-The Brown House, McDonough, GA

    · Amir Jamal Touré, J.D., a professor at Savannah State University (SSU) in the Africana studies program.

    · Sharen Lee, Library Specialist at the Bull Street Library Genealogy Room Savannah, GA

    · Dr. Alena Pirok– Public Historian GSU-Armstrong


    Investment provided by The City of Savannah

    A Celebration of John Singleton

    Boyz N The Hood

    The Beach Institute and Unity in the Community welcome you to join us on Friday, May 31st at 6:30 PM to celebrate famed director John Singleton (January 6, 1968 – April 28, 2019) with a free screening of his best known film “Boyz N The Hood”.

    This groundbreaking film gave a voice to the Black experience in America. Singleton was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director, as well as the youngest nominee at 24. Unfortunately, in April he passed due to complications related to high blood pressure.


    Stay with us after the screening for a conversation about its impact on the African-American community, Mr. Singleton’s legacy, and hypertension.


    Refreshments will be available

    Lecture & Learning Series: African-American Military Service in America: Blood, Sweat , Tears, and Glory

    Wednesday May 22 | 6:00 PM

    Retired US Navy Commander and Military Historian, Greg Black, will survey the storied history of African-Americans in the United States military establishment from the earliest time to the present. African American service members have historically played an important and sometimes pivotal role in the fight for racial justice and equality. Commander Black will highlight those contributions and share opportunities for additional contributions in the present and future.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah


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    WWII Had More Heroes Than You Know

    Thursday May 16 | 6:00 PM

    The 761st was the first unit to enlist African-American soldiers to operate armored vehicles. What the Tuskegee Airmen were to the skies, the 761st was to land, as they were requested by General George S. Patton to assist with heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. These soldiers fought for 183 consecutive days, in six countries, and with great success despite a fifty-percent casualty rate.


    The 761st Tank Battalion would not receive their due credit until April 20, 1978 when President Carter issued the Presidential Unit Citation to them. It took 52 years before Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers would be awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor. (January 3, 1997) in a ceremony presided over by President Clinton.


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    Lecture and Learning Series: The Hebrew Origins, History, and Traditions of the Igbo People of Nigeria

    Wednesday April 24| 6:00 PM

    Mr. Alex Ikeogu will discuss the Hebrew Israelite origin, history, and traditions of the Igbo people of western Africa, as well as Igbo perspectives of the transatlantic slave trade.

    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    Black In America - And Still I Rise

    Thursday April 19 | 6:00 PM

    This film looks at the last five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years. Part 2 of the acclaimed 4 part documentary film series focuses on school desegregation and affirmative action.

    Join us for a special screening of Black in America Since MLK - And Still I Rise and stay around for a lighthearted community discussion afterwards. This event is free and open to the public.

    Seating is limited please reserve a ticket.


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    Brains, Beauty, & Blackness: An Ode to HBCU Dancelines

    Tuesday April 16 | 6:30 PM

    At 6:30pm, the SSU Film Festival celebration begins at The Beach Institute from Brains, Beauty, and Blackness: An Ode to HBCU Dancelines. This documentary, sponsored in part by the National Geographic (NatGeo) Young Explorer Grant, honors the women who were integral to the movement.


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    A Legacy Forgotten

    Blue and Gold Pride

    Wednesday March 27 | 600 PM

    Dr. Bargeron, award-winning documentary film director and producer of "Stubborn As a Mule", and Gator Rivers, world-renowned member of the Harlem Globetrotters (1973-1986) will discuss Dr. Bargeron's film "A Legacy Forgotten: Blue and Gold Pride" which canvasses the history of Savannah's Beach High School from its founding in 1867 and its history-making state championship team of 1967.

    "Stubborn as A Mule!" is an internationally award-winning film that presents an eye-opening depiction of lesser-known historical facts and contemporary commentary regarding the call for reparations for African-Americans. In the process, the film disseminates black history that is not taught in most educational systems.

    This lecture is sponsored by investment from the City of Savannah

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    The Black Panthers

    Vanguard of the Revolution

    Thursday March 21 | 630PM

    This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

    This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please reserve a ticket. If you cannot make it, please cancel your ticket to allow others to attend as our screenings fill-up quickly.

    After the screening please join us for a community discussion about the film.


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    Before They Die

    Thu. February 28th | 630pm

    Before They Die: A documentary film chronicling the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots and their quest for justice

    The Tulsa Race Riot, occurred over 18 hours on May 31-June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, and one of the least-known: News reports were largely squelched, despite the fact that hundreds of people were killed and thousands left homeless.

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    Lecture & Learning Series: The Revolutionary Impact of Black Filmmakers in the 21st Century

    Wed. February 27th | 6pm

    From documentaries that bring to life the historic records of black history, to epic blockbusters like Black Panther, black filmmakers have changed the industry in monumental ways. Professor Tracy Haynes will take us on a journey of how black filmmakers have impacted the industry in the 21st century. Reserve your free ticket here.
    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    Everyday Anti-Racism

    Wed. Feb 21st | 6pm

    A Moveable Feast Lecture Series is presented by the College of Arts and Humanities at Georgia Southern University. The February lecture and exhibit: Everyday Anti Racism. Learn more about the lecture here.

    Synopsis: Educational disparities in Savannah, in Georgia, and in the South persist. Media images provide visual evidence of an unjust status quo. The era of segregation in the United States is not over. With this recognition, we must ask ourselves how we can better advocate for racial justice in our society and in our daily lives.

    In Tune: The Ben Tucker Story

    Mon. February 18th | 630pm

    Join us for a special film screening of In Tune: The Ben Tucker Story. This event is open to the public and FREE of charge. Seating it limited so you must register for a ticket. This event is organized by the Friends of Ben Tucker and the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

    Reserve your Free tickets here

    Super Museum Sunday

    Sun. February 10th | 12pm-3pm

    The Georgia History Festival‘s Super Museum Sunday will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at participating sites throughout Georgia.

    Georgians and visitors alike experience our state’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and throughout Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard.

    Free and open to the public.

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Mobility Access: All galleries at the Beach Institute are wheelchair accessible. 
Accessible Entrance and Parking: The wheelchair entrance is located in the garden entrance of the Beach Institute from Price Street Lane. There are accessible parking spaces immediately outside the wheelchair entrance located directly behind the museum on the Price Street Lane. An elevator provides access to the upstairs galleries.

Accessible Programs: The museums offer programs by appointment for audiences with special needs. Each year, the museums schedule visits for non-profit organizations serving senior and individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request a visit, please call 912.335.8868 or email kingtisdell@bellsouth.net 

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•	Children. All children must be supervised at all times by their accompanying adults. (Due to the fragile nature of the collection and the intimate environment in the galleries, children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all time while inside of the museums, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult for every four children).
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