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Women’s History Month Film Series Opens Feb. 21

BOONE — The Women’s History Month film series, “Women’s Realities,” will open at Appalachian State University on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with the documentary “Two Dollars and a Dream.”

The film series is free and open to the public. Films will be shown at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium.

Dr. Trudier Harris, the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill, will lead the discussion following the film.

“Two Dollars and A Dream,” filmed by director Stanley Nelson, is a biography of

Madame C.J. Walker, a child of slaves, who became America’s first self-made female millionaire. Her fortune was built on skin and hair products marketed from coast to coast to African-American women. Walker and her daughter became important patrons of the Harlem renaissance, and their friends included the rich and famous of the ’20s.

The film uses interviews with those who worked for Walker and her daughter to depict Walker’s rise to fame.

Harris received her bachelor’s degree from Stillman College and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. She has published extensively including most recently “Fiction and Folklore: The Novels of Toni Morrison” and “The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller’s Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan.” She is also co-editor of “The Oxford Companion to African American Literature.” She has lectured throughout the world including the United States, Europe, Jamaica and Canada.

Before becoming the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill, she taught at The College of William and Mary and Emory University. This year she received the William L. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The film series continues Feb. 28, March 7, 21 and 28.

This series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, and funding from the Women’s Studies Program, Humanities Council, Department of History, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Music, Reich College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Walker College of Business, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Multicultural Center, Women’s Center, Belk Library, Department of Family and Consumer Science, Sustainable Development, Asian Studies Committee, Asian Student Association, and Latin American Studies Program.

For more information on the series, call the Women’s Studies Program at (828) 262-7603 or Dr. Neva J. Specht at (828) 262-6879.