Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Screening of "A Place Out of Time"

Join us on Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 pm for a screening of "A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School." Dr. Leslie Wilson, Professor of History at Montclair State University, and filmmaker Dave Davidson will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening.

Narrated by Ruby Dee, this film tells the story of this school in Bordentow
n, New Jersey which was an educational utopia and cultural oasis for African-Americans for more than 70 years. Founded in 1886, the school was forced to close in 1955 after the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The demise of the Bordentown School was an unexpected casualty of the fight for social and educational justice in the Civil Rights Movement. The film features remarkable archival footage and interviews with historians and Bordentown School alumni.

"A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School" will be featured on the award-winning PBS documentary series P.O.V. and has been screened at numerous New Jersey film festivals, including the Newark Black Film Festival.

This program is being offered through the New Jersey Council for the Humanities' "Justice: A Dialogue Through Film." It is free and open to the public.

For more information on this marvelous program, as well as this compelling documentary, go to

1 comment:

  1. Tuesday evening's program was utterly amazing, very well attended, extremely educational and very thought provoking. We are eternally grateful to the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for making this possible for our community. Many thanks as well to Dr. Leslie Wilson of Montclair State University (our scholar!) and Dave Davidson, director of the documentary. Thanks as well to Mary Rizzo, Assistant Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for traveling up from Trenton to join us (remember it SNOWED Tuesday night), and to Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Dr. Neil Jasey for honoring us with their presence. We will be showing the film again, during the day, and, watch for it on PBS come this May!