Students, faculty and staff from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Ferrum College, Hollins University, Radford University’s DPT Program, Roanoke College and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine gathered at Roanoke’s Grandin Theater on Tuesday evening, January 27, 2015 for a screening of Academy Award® nominated Selma.
In addition to about 300 members of these senior higher education communities including their presidents, the screening was attended by leaders of the Roanoke Valley community including Jefferson College’s Board vice-chair, Ms. Ellen Wade and Board member Brenda Hale, RN.
The event began with a prescreening discussion about current topics in the country in relation to those depicted in the film, giving the audience context for the time period in which it took place. Students from each of the institutions participating stood during the discussion and read the quotes inscribed inside the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC.
“It’s important that each of us take responsibility to achieve ‘the beloved community’ envisioned by Dr. King,” said Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, who led organization of the event. “And by bringing all of these wonderful students and educators together tonight, we can begin anew, conversations that build upon the legacy of Dr. King in equality for all and constructing stronger communities.”
Following the film, the audience was invited to the Grandin Colab on Grandin Road for conversation and reflection while enjoying pizza and soft drinks.
“We hope to continue to offer opportunities like this where academic communities can come together for conversation and discussion,” Dr. Bishop said after the screening. “It’s been a wonderful experience and serves as a good platform for continuing collaborations.”