Before his death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remarked that while the nation had come “a long, long way” in its quest for racial justice, it still had a long, long way to go. In this spirit, the Long, Long Way Film Weekend at Washington National Cathedral compares historical and contemporary film, offering a unique opportunity to explore narratives of race and prejudice over time. In 2020, the third annual film weekend showcases Glory (1989) and Harriet (2019).
These films present different ideas about heroism in Civil War America. In particular, both films offer perspectives on the ideas of heroism — in one, a compassionate white general, the other an intrepid enslaved woman. Both ask whether in fact we have come a long long way in the past 30 years.
Co-sponsored by the Austin Film Festival, Baylor University and the March on Washington Film Festival, the weekend includes two evening screenings (including panel discussions) and a Saturday afternoon workshop on race and history.
See individual events for pricing, including student and military discounts.
- Friday night film screening and panel discussion of Glory (1989)
- Saturday workshops
- Saturday night film screening and panel discussion of Harriet (2019)
■ Friday, February 28
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Glory
7 pm • $15 ($10 student/military)
Roger Ebert described Glory (1989) as a powerful film on how during the Civil War the black soldiers of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment helped to reshape attitudes about African-American courage, intelligence, and humanity. On the 30th anniversary of the film’s three 1990 Oscar wins (Best Supporting Actor, Denzel Washington; Best Cinematography; Best Sound) we’ll celebrate the gifts of this film and explore questions about it. After our screening, NPR’s Korva Coleman will moderate a panel discussion on Glory‘s historical context and consider its lasting impact.
Panelists: Dr. David Terry, Rev. Janet Broderick, and Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas
■ Saturday, February 29
Faith and/in the Movies, 1-2:30pm, Perry Auditorium
Race and History in/on Film, 3-4:30pm, Perry Auditorium
Film Screening and Panel Discussion : Harriet
6 pm • $15 ($10 student/military)
Cynthia Erivo, nominated this year for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in Harriet (2019), calls her character “a universal hero” who hasn’t been seen onscreen before. Like Glory, the movie presents a historical narrative about race, violence, and freedom that has implications for our present day. After our screening, join NPR’s Korva Coleman for a panel discussion on what has changed in the years between Glory and Harriet, and on the ways that Harriet Tubman’s time and our own are perhaps not so very different.
Panelists: Dr. David Terry, Dr. Greg Garrett, composter Joshuah Brian Campbell and Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas
About the Speakers
Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR. In this role, she is responsible for writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts airing during NPR’s newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Occasionally she serves as a substitute host for Weekend All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
The Rev. Janet Broderick has worked as a screenwriter and advisor on movies and television including “You Can Count on Me” (Kenneth Lonergan) and “Glory.” She is the daughter of Patricia Broderick, a screenwriter on Glory, and the sister of actor Matthew Broderick, who starred in Glory. She currently serves as the rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, Calif. Her ministry spans over three decades, serving as curate, vicar and numerous times as rector in both rural and urban settings, rich and poor, large and small, progressive and traditional. Janet is an active community organizer, the founder of Refugee Assistance Morris Partners, Afterschool on South and Grace Community Services.
Joshuah Brian Campbell is a singer, composer, songwriter, ministry worker and actor. He is the composer of “Stand Up,” the Oscar-nominated end title song sung by Cynthia Erivo in Harriet. Joshuah grew up groomed by Southern Black gospel traditions, and this grounding serves as his vantage point to all vocal music. His performance practice trots the lines between genres and does not shy away from using music as a tool for engaging folks to act, to do, and to change.
The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Seminary and the Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral. She holds the Bill & Judith Moyers Distinguished Chair of Systematic Theology at Union formerly held by James H. Cone and is considered a leader in the fields of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, and sexuality and the black church.
Dr. Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University, Theologian in Residence at the American Cathedral in Paris, and author of two dozen books, including A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation (forthcoming from Oxford University Press).
David Taft Terry is a historian and associate professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. Prof. Terry researches and writes about the American South of the 19th and 20th centuries, southern race relations and urban life in the region. His most recent book, The Struggle and the Urban South: Confronting Jim Crow in Baltimore, was published in 2019. His current project examines the theme of interracialism in the southern Civil Rights Movement after World War II. Past professional posts include the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, and the Maryland State Archives.