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Conversations for Change

Join MPT as we explore a variety of films to watch and then have a conversation about race, empowerment, leadership, growth, and more. We encourage your feedback and would welcome your ideas about ways to engage the community.

Have an idea for a screening? Please contact Kristen Penczek at

Wednesday, March 31 at 7pm
Women's History Month

In partnership with Morgan State University and University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

In celebration of Women's History Month, please join us for this special event honoring Black women suffragists and their impact on the leaders of today - leaders such as former Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams, whose voter registration efforts directly impacted the election of Kamala Harris, the nation's first woman of color serving as our nation's vice president.

The screening will include a presentation of "The Ongoing Fight," a co-production of American Experience and Retro Report, which presents the contributions of Black women in the suffrage movement, and where that movement is today. A panel discussion follows the video.

The screening will be introduced by honored guests, Morgan State University president, Dr. David Wilson, and University of Maryland Global Campus president, Dr. Gregory Fowler.

During the screening, viewers will learn more about the Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Endowed Scholarship Fund that is administered by the Morgan State University Foundation, and the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) Graduate Scholarship Fund for HBCU Alumni that is administered by the UMGC Foundation.

RSVP here

Wednesday, March 10 at 7pm
PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools takes a deep dive into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs and policies that disrupt one of the most important factors in girls’ lives – education. The documentary underscores the challenges Black girls face with insight from experts across the country who have worked extensively in the field of social justice, gender equality and educational equity. These experts give context to the crisis and provide a roadmap for how our educational system and those who interact with Black girls can provide a positive rather than punitive response to behaviors that are often misunderstood or misrepresented.

We invite you to watch PUSHOUT and then stay with us for an interactive conversation about the film with the films director, writer and executive producer, Jacoba Atlas; executive producer, Denise Pines; and director of policy, advocacy and outreach with From Prison Cells to PhD, Kimberly Haven.  MPT's own correspondent, Karen Gibbs, will moderate the discussion. 

Wednesday, December 2 @7pm
Shaw Rising

Shaw University started in December 1865 with a bible class for newly freed slaves in Raleigh, NC. Fighting vicious prejudice in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Jim Crow South, Shaw rose to become a coeducational college, later begot a medical school, a law school, and a divinity school. Join us to watch Shaw Rising and engage in a conversation around the role, future, and importance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). We'll be joined by Shaw University President Dr. Paulette Dillard and MPT Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer Travis Mitchell for an interactive discussion.

Watch the archived stream of the conversion here.

Watch Shaw Rising here.

Wednesday, September 9 @ 7pm
Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

This film explores the extraordinary life of Howard Thurman, a teacher, poet and in his heart a “mystic,” and proponent of the non-violent struggle for social change. Jesse Jackson, Otis Moss, Jr and others speak about Thurman’s “spirit” being foundational in their lives. Congressman John Lewis calls him the “patron saint” of the Civil Rights Movement. Actor Keith David voices Thurman’s words. We'll be joined by the filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier for a conversation during and after the film.

Tuesday, July 28 @ 7pm
We Are The Radical Monarchs

A group of tween girls chant into megaphones, marching in the San Francisco TransMarch. Holding clenched fists high, they wear brown berets and vests showcasing colorful badges like “Black Lives Matter” and “Radical Beauty.” Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice

Join us to watch We Are The Radical Monarchs and have a conversation around women and girls leadership and empowerment, civic engagement, politics, government and youth power. We'll be joined by the film's Director & Producer, Linda Goldstein Knowlton for a conversation during and after the film.

Check back soon for future screening events!

Have a question or idea? Please contact Kristen Penczek at