Today in 1925: Black leaders in Charleston, West Virginia, protest the showing of D. W. Griffith’s movie, Birth of a Nation, scheduled to open today at the Rialto Theatre. They say it violates a 1919 state law prohibiting any entertainment which demeaned another race.
Mayor W.W. Wertz and the West Virginia Supreme Court supported their argument and prevented the showing of the film. Efforts to ban the film met with mixed results around the country.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is “Go Green Girl Talk,” a discussion on issues women face when trying to live sustainably. From cosmetics to bras, feminine hygiene products to childbirth, struggles, solutions, and stories will be shared. Bring bras for recycling and donation to women’s shelters. This is tonight from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Sequoya Public Library, 4340 Tokay Boulevard. More infor at enactwi.org or call 608-280-0800.
Tonight is the Annual Iron Chef Fundraiser! All proceeds go towards the Housing Crisis Fund, an eviction prevention and security deposit assistance fund administered by the Tenant Resource Center. There is a suggested donation. This is from 5 to 7pm at the Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington. More info at tenantresourcecenter.org
Help celebrate the National Great American Meat-Out of 2013 with the Alliance for Animals, with free vegan sloppy janes, potato salad, and more. This will be Saturday at noon at State Street and West Mifflin. Contact the facebook event page for more information: Madison Meat Out 2013, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.