When: Thu., July 20, 6-9 p.m. 2017
The ACLU of Michigan documentary Here’s To Flint (43 minutes, 2016) is a searing examination of the origins of the Flint water crisis and the determined efforts of Flint residents, activists, and researchers to learn the truth about the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water. Based on the work of ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette, Here's To Flint is an exhaustive probe into how the city was left exposed to lead-tainted drinking water for nearly two years. Featuring in-depth testimonials from Flint residents, activists, and experts talking about their struggles to expose the truth despite government denials, the documentary underscores just how vital it is that citizens be able to hold their leaders accountable. After the film, Siddhartha Roy will comment. Mr. Roy is a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He also serves as the Student Leader/Communications Director for the team of researchers who conducted the Flint water study. This series is named in honor of Rev. Grady W. Powell, Sr., of Petersburg, Virginia, who has served on the VHS board since 1996 and as honorary vice chair since 2011, and is instrumental in the development of relevant and accessible programming. He presided over the historic Gillfield Baptist Church, founded in 1788, for thirty-six years. Created Equal is hosted by the VHS in partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center and supported in part by Diversity Richmond’s VHS Guy Kinman Research Award. The 2017 Created Equal Film Series is presented by Bon Secours.