Film Screening: Sweet Home Alabama: A Chief and His Protege

June 9, 2023 by

Location: Claude Moore Medical Education Building, Learning Studio, Room 1110 and virtual

Date: Jun 20, 2023 - Jun 20, 2023

Start Time: 5:30 pm

End Time: 7:30 pm

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Sweet Home Alabama screening flyer UVA Health Office of DEI and Community Engagement’s Dr. Tracy Downs will provide opening remarks and welcome special guests: filmmaker Frederick Murphy and Clotilda descendant Joycelyn Davis.

This short film explores the parallels of survival, perseverance, and unapologetic preservation. Davis is a descendant of Chief Charles Lewis, who was aboard the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in the United States. She details her battle with cancer and how her enslaved ancestors’ legacy of defying the odds validated her ability to conquer obstacles. Davis, alongside Pastor Derek Tucker, express their commitment to keeping the rich history of Africatown, USA, a small community north of Mobile, Alabama, founded by the Clotilda’s survivors after the Civil War.

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Light hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. followed by the film screening at dialogue 6-7:30 p.m.

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