Southern to host series on civil rights

Southern University will show a series of documentaries by Baton Rouge native and award-winning filmmaker Keith Beauchamp as part of Black History Month.

“Americas’ Civil Rights Journey — Uncovered: Real … to Reel” will include the showing of several Beauchamp documentaries highlighted by his award-winning “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.”

There will be a reception and screening of the series at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union. The documentaries will be shown Feb. 25 in the Cotillion Ballroom. The Emmett Till story will air at 9 a.m. A series of four one-hour documentaries focusing on unsolved murders from civil rights era will be shown at 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m.

Citing Beauchamp’s documentary about Till, the U.S. Department of Justice in 2004 reopened the 51-year-old murder case. The department cited the documentary as a major factor in its decision and the starting point for its investigation. In May 2005, Till’s body was exhumed. Most recently, the FBI turned over its evidence to the appropriate District Attorney in Mississippi.

Beauchamp, who attended Southern, has been featured on “60 Minutes,” “ABC World News Tonight,” Court TV, MSNBC, CNN and BBC. He has also been profiled in hundreds of publications around the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press and The Chicago Sun-Times.