Filmmaker, producer and professor Charlene Gilbert presents her acclaimed documentary, “Homecoming …Sometimes I am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Pensacola State College’s Hagler Auditorium, Building 2, Room 252, on the Pensacola campus.
The event is free and the public is invited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
In “Homecoming,” Gilbert uses the story of her family who grew cotton and vegetables in Montezuma, Georgia, to tell the story of black agriculture in the south since the Civil War.
Featuring archival footage of farms and the voices of Malcolm X and Julian Bond, the documentary premiered nationally on PBS and won several national awards for Best Documentary.
In 1920, nearly one million black farmers were working across the United States. By the end of the century, that number had declined to about 18,000. While those figures parallel the decline of farming nationwide, “Homecoming” reveals how Black Farmers were affected by racist practices.
Professor Gilbert’s presentation also includes a talk and open discussion about the history of black farmers and factors leading to their decline.
For the past 18 years Gilbert has been an independent documentary filmmaker and is a national producer for public television. She also serves as dean and director at Ohio State University in Lima, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her master’s degree from Temple University.
Sponsored by the African American Heritage Society, PSC’s Black History Multicultural Committee, and the Florida Humanities Council, this presentation is part of a series highlighting the decline of African Americans in occupations where they previously excelled.
For more information, call the PSC Office of Institutional Diversity at 850-484-1759.