Starting Tomorrow: View The Long Shadow and Work for Racial Justice

Jun 16, 2021 | PDA News

In solidarity,
Pamella Gronemeyer for Southern Illinois People for Progress and PDA Illinois

View The Long Shadow, a Personal Journey of a Family’s History of Slaveholding and Continuing Institutional Effects of Slavery on Society Today


Making Juneteenth a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery just passed the U.S. Senate and awaits action in the U.S. House. A week ago the State of Illinois passed legislation making Juneteenth an official state holiday.To move forward as a nation, we must reckon with the totality of our past.

Please join Southern Illinois People for Progress, PDA’s longest-running active chapter in Illinois, for a film screening and conversation event.

Use this link to stream The Long Shadow June 17-24 and register for a Zoom Q&A with Director Frances Causey on Monday, June 21, at 7:30 pm Central.

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We cannot achieve racial justice or economic justice or environmental justice until we deal openly with our country’s racist past that influences present policy decisions in all areas and levels of government.

Frances Causey’s personal journey in exposing her own family’s history of slaveholding and how the institution of slavery continues to have an impact today is both brave and incredible. – Yolanda Smith, Executive Director, NAACP Houston

Director Frances Causey is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist with 15 years experience as a Senior Producer at CNN and previous work hailed as a New York TimesCritic’s Pick.

Live stream The Long Shadow and join us for a conversation with Direct Frances Causey Monday, June 21, 7:30 pm.