Documentary screening, panel discussion set


TROY — We The People Miami County will host a program titled “A Barber’s Fight: An American Experience,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St.

The program begins with a screening of “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,” an Academy Award-nominated short film by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday. The screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (https://www.pbs.org/pov/).

A panel discussion follows the screening. Panelists include Sonia Holycross, advocate for social justice; Rick Polhamus, international human rights activist and peacemaker; Stephanie Johnson, longtime educator dedicated to promoting a community of kindness; Larry Hamilton, retired high school teacher who taught African-American history for 30 years; and Liz Stafford, businesswoman, retired educator and first African-American hired to teach health, physical education and swimming in the state of Ohio.

The program, which is free and open to the public, helps commemorate 400 years of African-American history that began with the arrival of enslaved African laborers in 1619.

Move to Amend-Ohio Network is the program’s co-host. Move to Amend is a national, non-partisan grassroots affiliation of people and organizations working for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that makes clear constitutional rights belong to human beings only and money spent on elections is not a protected form of speech and shall be regulated.

For questions or more information about We the People Miami County, contact wethepeoplemiamicounty@gmail.com. For information on Move to Amend, visit movetoamend.org.