A Civil Discussion

Focusing on pivotal markers of the civil-rights movement, tonight’s inaugural session of FWD: 1963-2013 at History Colorado isn’t merely a lecture: It’s an invitation for a real, raw community discussion. “We’re talking about 150 years after the Emancipation Procla-mation and fifty years after the seminal events of 1963,” says curator donnie l. betts. “Let’s have that conversation and not take the easy way out.”

The opening event in a months-long series will feature clips from the award-winning documentary Eyes on the Prize as well as words from African-American scholar and activist Vincent Harding; Winston Grady-Willis, chair of African-American Studies at Metropolitan State University; Mayor Michael Hancock; and Brer Rabbit from Flobots. “So many times we shy away from talking about race, gender, sexual orientation, that sort of thing,” says betts, an activist, filmmaker and actor in his own right. And although he’s lined up an august group of speakers, he hopes that members of the audience will join the discussion.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. tonight at History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, for the first installment of FWD: 1963-2013. Refreshments will be served, and the program starts at 6 p.m. Tickets to each individual program are $5, $4 for HCC members; for more information, visit www.historycoloradocenter.org or call 303-866-4686.
Mon., Jan. 28, 6 p.m., 2013