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Lillian Smith: Breaking the Silence| 53mins
Director: Hal Jacobs | Producer: Hal Jacobs
Focus Years: 2000 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, compassionate activists, divine feminine, four aspects, gender, her workers, human rights, identity, leadership, race, rays of her light, sacred speech, transformation, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Lillian Smith was one of the first white southern authors to speak out against white supremacy and segregation. A child of the South, Lillian Smith (1897-1966) was seen as a traitor to the South for her stance on racial and gender equality. A friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr., she used her fame after writing a bestselling novel ("Strange Fruit") to denounce the toxic social conditions that repressed the lives and imaginations of both Blacks and whites. With her lifelong partner Paula Snelling, she educated privileged white girls at her summer camp in north Georgia and tried to open their minds to a world of compassion and creativity. Segregation amounted to "spiritual lynching" she said. Before the Civil Rights Movement took off in the late 1950s, she was a voice of reason to white and Black southerners afraid to speak out. Here was a southern woman who remained in the South and wasn't afraid to break the silence against the demagogues.

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