DIVERSITY PROGRAMS in 2013-2014
Heights Community Congress launched its Diversity Awareness Program for 2013-2014 by sponsoring the documentary film, The Last White Knight at the 2013 37th Cleveland International Film Festival in March and followed up with an encore presentation at the Cedar-Lee Theater in October. HCC collaborated with and received promotional support from The Maltz Museum of Jewish History, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Facing History and Ourselves.
Working with educators from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Richmond Heights schools, HCC provided a free morning showing of the movie in October for over 250 students.
An additional showing later that day drew another 150 people from Cleveland Heights and nearby communities. Students and adults at both showings were greeted by the film’s director-producer, Paul Saltzman, who took questions about the movie afterward and led an open discussion about race relations, diversity and inclusion in Cleveland Heights. Paul also spent the afternoon at Heights High with students training in film production, viewing their class projects and providing tips on furthering their careers in film.
As a follow-up to the movie, HCC hosted an evening at the Cleveland Heights main library in November to view the movie theme through literature. That discussion featured a short story, From the Unknown by Eudora Welty and the book Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas. An audience of over 30 people attended, participating in a spirited discussion.