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Southern Film Festival celebrates Civil Rights

By Curt Dozier
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–The first annual VCU Southern Film Festival occurred at the Grace Street Theater on February 26th and 27th.

Six movies were shown over the two-day festival featuring films about African-American culture in the segregated “Old South.” Tabbed as “Screening Civil Rights,” the festival aired films with influential black stars like Spike Lee and Sidney Poitier.

Keynote speaker Dr. Emilie Raymond chose the films and wanted to illustrate the struggle of African-Americans in the south.

“Each film is either a film from the time or a film symbolic of an event or in memory of the time of the civil rights movement. We have a pretty good mix of films from during the movement and even today,” Raymond said.

The free festival was sponsored by the VCU Departments of English and History as well as the VCU Student Chapter of the NAACP.

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New Gov. McDonnell Vows to Create Jobs

By Rich Griset and Brittany Daniels
VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND, Va. – On an unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, Robert F. McDonnell was sworn in as Virginia’s 71st governor.

Thousands descended upon Virginia’s capital to witness McDonnell, Lt. Governor William Bolling and Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli take their oaths of office.

“I kept my first promise – I said that it would be warm and sunny on my inauguration day,” McDonnell said.

Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Corps

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VCU Celebrates Home Of Va. Women’s Suffragette Movement

By Tim Bajkiewicz
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–About 100 marchers helped rename a building on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in mid-November and reaffirmed the legacy of the struggle for women to vote in Virginia and the United States.

The march began at the James Branch Cabell Library on VCU’s Monroe Park campus and ended at 919 W. Franklin St., the former home of Anne Clay Crenshaw. That same day in 1909–November 18–she and 18 other women created the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, which later became the League of Women Voters of Virginia.

“Well, I’m thrilled because I think it’s important that we remember our history. And that’s one of the reasons I brought my daughter today,” said Dr. Catherine Ingrassia, executive associate dean for research and graduate affairs, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.

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