As an activist and teacher, John Roemer not only shaped public discourse on matters of equal rights, but also took it upon himself to foster principles of equality and freedom in the students he taught at two Baltimore private schools: Friends School and Park School.
In the documentary Directing Dissent, director Sophie Hamacher tells Roemer’s story and takes us through the heated battles of the civil rights movement and the fight to desegregate Maryland. As executive director of the Maryland chapter of the ACLU and as a forerunner in the American Friends Service Committee, Roemer has been described as a cowboy, an intellectual, and even a “gun-toting pacifist.” His ideology is informed by an unfaltering belief in the principles of non-violence and the power of “a loving disposition.”
The Creative Alliance hosts an exclusive preview of the film on Thursday, October 4th 2012 at 7:30 pm. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, led by Hamacher and Roemer. The event is free and open to the public.
The filmmaker and protagonist hope to engage Marylanders in discussion about the impact of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, and the state of civil liberties and political activism today.
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