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Documentary Film producer
To Speak at UW-Eau Claire

MAILED: Feb. 12, 2003

         EAU CLAIRE  Documentary film producer and civil rights advocate Judy Richardson will speak Thursday, Feb. 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         The Forum will present her address, titled "Eyes on the Prize: The Civil Rights Movement and its Relevance to Modern America," at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception. The program will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing.
         A producer of PBS's "Eyes on the Prize" series, Richardson brings a lifetime of dedication to the continuing struggle for civil rights in America. As a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee she spent much of the 1960s campaigning for voting rights throughout the South. In 1965 she managed Julian Bond's successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1968 she and a number of former SNCC workers organized Drum & Spear Bookstore in Washington, D.C., which became the largest African American bookstore in the country.
         For the past four years, she and a group of other SNCC women have been editing an anthology of SNCC women's writings, "Hands on the Freedom Plow: The Untold Story of Women in SNCC." The work recounts the civil rights activism of over 50 women in the southern freedom movement during the early 1960s.
         She began working on "Eyes on the Prize," winner of six Emmy Awards and an Academy Award nomination, in its early stages in 1978. She co-produced "Malcolm X: Make it Plain," which aired nationally on PBS' "American Experience" and won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award.
         Richardson continues to apply her experience and talents in the world of creative arts, crafting films that are an invaluable teaching tool for those interested in the civil rights movement. Her recent credits include producing, directing and writing "A Fragile Freedom: African American Historic Sites," made for and aired on the History Channel in February 2002. She is now working on a documentary about author Paul Laurence Dunbar for the National Park Service.
         Admission is $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those age 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
         Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
         Originally scheduled for Feb. 24, Richardson's appearance is co-sponsored by the American Ethnic Coordinating Office.
The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and administered by the Activities and Programs office of University Centers and Programs.


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Updated: February 12, 2003