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Cookeville-Putnam NAACP And WCTE Screening Films About African American Heroes

Cookeville-Putnam County NAACP partnering with WCTE to showcase a documentary highlighting African American heroes.

Chapter President Tom Savage said they plan to screen segments of “Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom,” and “Becoming Fredrick Douglas.” He said it is crucial to continue to teach the stories of important Black figures.

“If you don’t know those who suffered and died for the cause of freedom, like him and Dr. King and Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells,” Savage said. “You have not a template for how you got here.”

Savage said after the screenings, there will also be a panel discussion with WCTE, leaders of the NAACP branch, and representatives from the Upper Cumberland Diversity Advocates.

“This conversation should be good for everybody, white or Black,” Savage said. “Each and every group of people has had a struggle along the way and you share your history so it doesn’t happen again. You become a watch dog, even for other people.”

The event takes place on Wednesday, February 22nd at 1 p.m. at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Savage said the event is free, but a reservation is recommended.