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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, 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