Tune in Thursday, September 22, 2011 for the documentary Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness. The film tells the story of the residents in a Long Island community who take action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack. Their inspiring story provides a blueprint for people who want to do something before intolerance turns to violence.
In conjunction with the national PBS documentary Not In Our Town: Light In the Darkness, KCPT’s THE LOCAL SHOW highlighs communities coming together to stop hate,
Featured segments showcasing local efforts to combat acts of hate and bullying in our community.
• The Walter Currie, Jr. Story – In June of 2009, Walter Currie, Jr., a Poplar Bluff, MO teen was set on fire in a possible hate crime. THE LOCAL SHOW follows up on this story to see what happened in this case, and where Currie and the teen charged with this attack are now.
• SuEllen Fried – Kansas City based bullying expert travels to schools and conferences throughout the country, providing anti-bullying workshops and training. She shares with viewers an emotional and moving story from one of her school visits.
• Holocaust survivor Bronia Roslawowski – The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) shares the video segment of Roslawowski’s oral testimony as part of its “Witnesses to the Holocaust” project.
For additional information on the Holocaust and/or testimonies of other local Holocaust survivors and the MCHE-produced documentary The Holocaust: Through Our Own Eyes go to www.mchekc.org.
• Miss Kansas 2007, Alyssa George, sits down with Nick Haines to speak about her personal experience as a victim of bullying when she was young, and the bullying-prevention presentations she gives to school students throughout the metro region. George, a native of Minneapolis, KS is a graduate of the University of Kansas and is employed with Commerce Bank.
• See excerpts from the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project’s documentary Rise Up, Speak Out: LGBT Youth Overcoming Violence in Kansas City. Teens of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity share their stories of how they have been bullied or discriminated against and the resources they have found to be able to cope with the violence and harassment they have experienced.
Learn more about Not In Our Town.