Speak Truth to Power

Kate Spohr (kspohr@ucxonline.berkeley.edu)
Mon, 30 Sep 2002 10:54:51 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Blaine:

The University of California Extension distributes a wonderful film
about Rev. Leon Sullivan, one of the most important and respected
human rights activists of our times. A description of the film is
below.

Kate Spohr
University of California Extension
Center for Media and Independent Learning
2000 Center Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
510-643-2788
Fax 510-643-9271
kspohr@ucxonline.berkeley.edu
http://ucmedia.berkeley.edu/

A PRINCIPLED MAN: REV. LEON SULLIVAN

Rev. Leon Sullivan is an African-American preacher, social activist,
and educator responsible for leading some of the 20th century's most
significant efforts, both in America and around the world, to promote
human rights and nonviolent social and economic change. Rev. Sullivan
has devoted his life to fighting discrimination and inequality and to
helping others help themselves. From Appalachia to Philadelphia and
from the corporate board rooms of America to the shanty towns of
apartheid South Africa, Sullivan has maintained his integrity and his
ideals while helping create an international revolution in race
relations and human rights.

Noted actor Ossie Davis narrates this inspiring biographical
documentary, which places Rev. Sullivan's remarkable accomplishments
in historical and political context. Born and raised in Charleston,
West Virginia, Sullivan became pastor of Zion Baptist Church in
Philadelphia in 1950. His dynamic leadership, focus on community
improvement, and prominent role in organizing boycotts of businesses
with racist hiring practices brought him national attention and
increased the church's membership from 600 to 6,000, making it one of
the largest congregations in America. In 1964, he founded the
Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC), a self-help training
program that has spread to 76 centers in the United States and 33
centers in 18 other countries, training more than two million people
worldwide.

In 1971, Sullivan joined the General Motors Board of Directors and
became the first African American on the board of a major U.S.
corporation. In 1977, he developed a code of conduct for companies
operating in South Africa. The "Sullivan Principles of Equal
Opportunity" created a revolution in industrial race relations and
were instrumental in bringing down apartheid. Among his many honors,
in 1992 Sullivan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
highest civilian award given in the United States. In 1999, the
"Global Sullivan Principles" were issued at the United Nations. This
expanded code calls for multinational companies to take an active
role in the advancement of human rights and social justice. Today,
Rev. Sullivan leads international efforts to bring investment and
educational advancements to Africa.

The film features commentary by civil rights activist Julian Bond,
former Congressmen William Gray and Jack Kemp, Kweisi Mfume,
President of the NAACP, Tom Murphy, former Chairman and CEO of GM,
and many others who have known and worked with Rev. Sullivan. The
film will generate discussion in classes in African and African
American studies, American history and studies, international
economic development, sociology, and human rights. It was produced by
MotionMasters Productions in association with Marshall University.

"This powerful biography explores the remarkable impact on so many
significant events of our time of one of the greatest Americans of
the 20th century. It is a profound and inspiring film and
indispensable to the college classroom in many disciplines, for it
shows students first-hand the impact that one humble man can have in
fighting for human rights in our country and around the world." --
Dr. J. Wade Gilley, President, Univ. of Tennessee

"An excellent instructional resource that ought to be an integral
part of the learning material in social studies for every American
student, regardless of ethnic, social, or economic background. Leon
Sullivan's life story offers unparalleled examples of a man of
principles and vision and of an untiring fighter for equal economic
and social justice for all. The video captures the significant
historical steps of Rev. Sullivan's life -- fighting for human rights
and equal justice in his native West Virginia, in New York with A.
Phillip Randolph, in Philadelphia's Zion Baptist Church, on the
General Motors Board, the development of the Sullivan Principles,
which helped dismantle Apartheid in South Africa, and his numerous
international accomplishments, including the African-African American
Summit." -- Prof. Suchet L. Louis, Assoc. Vice President & Dir. of
International Programs, Tuskegee Univ.

57 min. Color 2000 Catalog #38495
Sale: video $225, Rental: video $75

For more information, please contact us at:

University of California Extension
Center for Media and Independent Learning
2000 Center Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone 510/642-0460
Fax 510/643-9271
ucmedia@ucxonline.berkeley.edu
http://ucmedia1.ucxonline.berkeley.edu/

>I'm organizing a film series in January in conjunction with an exhibition
>here based on Kerry Kennedy Cuomo's book of the same name about global
>human rights activists.
>
>Any suggestions from the group about outstanding documentaries on the
>subject? Individual profiles or watchable treatments of human rights as a
>subject are both of interest. Thanks in advance for any leads you can share.
>
>Blaine
>
>
>Blaine Waterman
>Audiovisual Center Librarian
>San Francisco Public Library
>100 Larkin Street SF, CA 94102
>415-557-4461; fax 415-557-4424
>blainew@sfpl.org

-- 
Kate Spohr
University of California Extension
Center for Media and Independent Learning
2000 Center Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
510-643-2788
Fax 510-643-9271
kspohr@ucxonline.berkeley.edu
http://ucmedia.berkeley.edu/