On Friday, February 26, 2016, East Central College will observe Black History Month with a free screening of the documentary, “Banished: How Whites Drive Blacks Out of Town in America.”

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center on ECC’s Union campus.

Banished is a glance into the often overlooked history of racial cleansing in America’s back yard, in which white residents forced thousands of black families to flee their home. Banished tells the story of three communities and their black decedents who return to learn their shocking histories.

Before the screening begins, guest speakers Dr. Keon Gilbert, assistant professor of behavioral science and health education at St. Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, and Murray Bishoff, the editor of The Monett Times in southwest Missouri, will introduce the film.

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