Film at SLCC Features Civil Rights Champion, Struggle in Utah

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SLCC will screen a movie that focuses on Alberta Henry's life as a champion for civil rights.

The film, which makes a significant contribution to an understanding of an important aspect of Utah’s history, and the history of the nation as a whole, is part of that effort.

Salt Lake Community College will host a public screening of the film Remembering Alberta Henry and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Utah on Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 S. Redwood Road.

The movie will be shown in the Technology Building, Room 203, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s producer/director Deidre Tyler, Pastor France Davis, Kathleen Christy, Dr. Boyer Jarvis, Harvey Boyd, Marsha Boyd, Darnel Haney, Louis Dan Williams and Johnnie Mae Martin.

“SLCC is dedicated to championing diversity and cultural enrichment both within the college and the larger community. It is one of our core principles. We intend that everything we do, including community engagement, exemplify and support that effort,” said John McCormick, SLCC dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “The film, which makes a significant contribution to an understanding of an important aspect of Utah’s history, and the history of the nation as a whole, is part of that effort.”

Alberta Henry (1920-2005) was born in Louisiana to a family of sharecroppers and was raised in Kansas. She moved to Utah in 1949 and believed it was part of God’s plan for her to live in an overwhelmingly white state, according to a story that appeared in Continuum Magazine. In 1967 she started the Alberta Henry Education Foundation to help African-American students attend college. For 12 years she was president of the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP. Henry also served as chair of the Utah Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Governor’s Black Policy Advisory Council. In 1971 she was the first African-American to be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Utah.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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