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Film Screening and Q&A - Heather Booth: Changing the World  



Heather Booth is the most influential person you never heard of.

Join Agnes Scott College for a film screening of Heather Booth: Changing the World with a Q & A to follow featuring Heather Booth. The documentary is an inspiring look at how social change happens. Booth, a renowned organizer, began her remarkable career at the height of the civil rights movement. Looking at Booth’s life, work and personal relationship with respected leaders, such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren, the film explores the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our country’s history over the last fifty years. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7 p.m.
Agnes Scott College
Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall

Sponsored by the Department of History and Gué Pardue Hudson Center for Leadership and Service, this event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. Please RSVP here

Complimentary parking is available in the West Parking Facility on S. McDonough Street. Directions to campus.


About Heather Booth

Heather Booth began her remarkable career in 1964 at the age of 18, when she traveled to Mississippi at the height of the civil rights movement. She rode the crest of the waves of change through the 1970s, forming multiple national coalitions to address pressing social problems. In the 1980s, she took heed of activist Alice Palmer’s words, “if you don’t do politics, politics does you,” and began working on electoral campaigns. She worked in Harold Washington’s successful, groundbreaking mayoral campaign in 1983. In 2000, she spearheaded an unprecedented Get Out the Vote effort for the NAACP’s National Voter Fund, which increased African-American turnout by nearly two million voters.

Major influences on Booth were the civil rights, women’s, labor and other movements. This combination of influences, along with other elements, led to the theory of change that is behind Midwest Academy, which Booth founded in 1973 and continues still today as a training school for organizers in the progressive movement. A strategist in over 65 campaigns ranging from voter registration in the 1960s to immigration reform and the need for fiscal responsibility, Booth has been—and is—a force for change. Visit heatherbooththefilm.com to learn more.