American Civil Rights Movement: Special Evening Screening and Discussion, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater, 7 p.m.
Members of the community are invited to a special free screening of the movie "Mississippi Burning" and a panel discussion addressing the American Civil Rights movement Wednesday, January 16 at Los Altos High School. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the school's Eagle Theater.
The film dramatizes the FBI's investigation into the murder of three young civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. Two visiting speakers will provide personal perspectives on events and issues portrayed in the film. The Hon. James Robertson, former Chief Counsel for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and retired US District Judge, will speak about his experiences leading civil rights litigation in Mississippi in the 1960's. Joining him will be Attorney Lee Rubin, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, who spent several years as a prosecutor with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Rubin was also Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Los Altos High School History Teacher Michael Messner will act as moderator for the discussion
The evening program is part of Los Altos High School's first annual History Week. This year's theme is "The Pursuit of Rights." Visiting speakers will address students on such rights-related topics as human trafficking, civil rights, eugenics, sexual harassment, internet and social media user rights, depiction of women in the media, bullying and international human rights.
The public is invited to attend Wednesday's free film screening and discussion. Los Altos High School is located at 201 Almond Avenue in Los Altos.