Alliance members and the public are invited to a special event to mark the Charleston premiere of a new documentary, “Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness.” The special advance screening event will be held Monday, Sept. 19, at Grace Bible Church, corner of Kanawha Blvd. and Vine Street, starting at 6 p.m.
“Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness” tells the story of residents of a Long Island, N.Y. village who came together to heal their community after a wave of violent assaults on Latinos and Hispanics, including one attack by seven area teenagers that resulted in the death of a 13-year resident of the town. The film provides a blueprint for communities to prevent violence and promote tolerance. A panel discussion by community leaders on how to build an inclusive community will follow the screening. Pizza and light refreshments will be served.
Not in Our Town, which began with a PBS documentary, has grown into a national effort to connect people working together to create safe, inclusive communities. “Light in the Darkness” which is the third full-length documentary in the Not in Our Town series, will air on nationally and locally on PBS stations on Sept. 21 at 10 p.m.
“Thriving communities respect and benefit from the contributions of all citizens and segments of the population. Programs like this help build bridges and create safe and strong communities. It’s good for Charleston and good for business,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.
The program is presented by a coalition of community groups, including: ACLU of West Virginia, Charleston Area Alliance, Charleston Police Department, Civil Rights Division of the Office of the WV Attorney General, Create West Virginia, Fairness WV, Islamic Center, NAACP of Charleston, OneKanawha, Temple Israel, Tuesday Morning Group, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, U.S. Attorney’s Office-Southern District of West Virginia, WV Free and the YWCA of Charleston.
For more information, call 304-250-9231 or visit http://www.niot.org/LightInTheDarkness