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2012 Voter Empowerment Series

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

August 23, 2012

2012 Voter Empowerment Series

Presented by the San Francisco Public Library’s African American Interest Committee

President Barack Obama: Accomplishments, Criticism, Commentary

This panel discussion, moderated by former CBS/KPIX News Anchor Barbara Rodgers, will feature San Francisco District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, author and media specialist J.R. Valrey, San Francisco State University Political Science Professor Robert C. Smith, London Breed, director of the African American Arts & Culture Complex, and a member of the Black Young Democrats Club of San Francisco. The candid and enlightening discussion will focus on President Obama’s first term in office, his relationship with Congress, the challenges of racism while in office and other key issues that President Obama has faced during his tenure. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session. Voter regis­tration will be available beginning at 12 p.m. with the panel discussion beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 23, 2012, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Films of a Movement

A screening of three films that highlight politics, history and the African American experience.

Nominated for an Academy Award, winner of both the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians awards for best documentary, this landmark film tells the story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s when a handful of young activists changed history.

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she became the first black woman to run for president. Shunned by the political establishment, she was supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters. Their campaign-trail adventures were frenzied, fierce and fundamentally right on.

Millions saw history made as Barack Obama took the podium on election night. But few witnessed his unguarded moments in the hours and days before he greeted the nation. This documentary includes never-before-seen footage of Obama behind the scenes, as well as interviews and candid moments with his family, senior campaign staff, volunteers, reporters, supporters and even opponents.

Sept. 29, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Exhibit: November 4, 2008 Voting Series

A series of 15 gouache paintings by Santa Cruz artist Myra Eastman narrates the nation’s collective awakening during the Nov. 4, 2008 election. Eastman said: “People woke up and moved by the possibilities, they took action. People voted and polling sites became symbols of renewal.”
On view through Nov. 8, 2012, Main Library, Fifth Floor, Government Information Center, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco