The Breaking the Barriers Film Series will showcase the movie “Selma” on Thursday, Feb. 18 starting at 7 p.m. in the Hirvonen College of Health Sciences auditorium. The film series will be hosted by the Finlandia Diversity Committee to celebrate change agents who have made a difference in the world.
“We want to celebrate those that have broken the barriers to show the world how important ALL people are, no matter their gender, race, sexual identity, or abilities,” said Nata Borgen, administrative assistant for the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences and International School of Business and member of the Diversity Committee. Borgen said that each month the group plans on highlighting a different minority that was able to break the barrier.
“Selma” was selected in honor of Black History month and Borgen said that the group wanted to find something other than a documentary to highlight.
“We hope the films will spark some important conversation amongst the attendees, and provide new knowledge of the topics at hand,” said Borgen.
While there won’t be a formal discussion after the film, Borgen said that History professor Dr. William Knoblauch will introduce the film, provide accurate historical background of the events that occurred and answer any questions that attendees might have.
This event is free and will start promptly at 7 p.m. Social distancing, masking and other COVID-19 considerations apply.Tags: Black History Month, Breaking the Barriers, Finlandia Diversity Committee, Selma