By CHALO’N CHRISTI’ANNA JEFFERSON, Guest Reporter
On Jan. 19, the University of Michigan-Dearborn had a screening of “Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights.” It was held in Kochoff Hall A in the University Center as a part of MLK Day of service, which a series of events during the week to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
The film spoke about how finance, family and segregation affected the African American society and had personal accounts from women of the Feminist Period in the 1940s through the 1960s. The film also showcased a time when women were starting to openly embrace feminism, especially in the black community.
In addition, this documentary also referenced the struggles black women faced when fighting for equal pay in the workplace. This wasn’t only shown as a black woman issue, though. The film highlighted that many women of different nationalities shared the same struggle and showed females of all cultures uniting in protest against this concept known at “the gender pay gap.”
Susan Estep, the program manager, felt the showing was relevant to issues today. “Women should come together and unite, not be as divided through feminist and women’s issues,” Estep said.
Shareia Carter, the Director of Women’s Resource Center, felt the movie was necessary for historical purposes.
“Knowing the history of African-Americans is important in order to continuously move forward,” Carter said. “Some of the issues addressed in the production are repeating and it’s important to bring awareness.”
Carter also said that this movie was important for addressing issues in today’s society.
“By promoting more organization for women of color,” Carter said, “we will bring more awareness to these social issues.”