By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor
Paul Saltzman, a documentary filmmaker and founder of Moving Beyond Prejudice, will lead a one-day workshop at OCU on Oct. 4.
The even will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center. Registration is $25 and will include lunch. Students interested in attending can register online or at the event.
The seminar will include a viewing of Saltzman’s 2012 documentary “The Last White Knight,” which details his personal experience during the Civil Rights movement. He will then lead a seminar discussing prejudice during the Civil Rights movement and as it exists today.
The workshop is sponsored by Oklahoma’s Commission on Religion and Race. CORR Chairwoman Rev. Rose Maire Leroy said in a press release that this event is pertinent to the current social landscape in America, citing the recent incidents in Ferguson, MO.
“Our goal is to help people deal with their prejudice about people who are not like themselves,” said Rev. Leroy. “If we are going to be the church to everyone and reach new people in new places, we need to be open to people who are not like us.”
Saltzman established his non-profit organization after filming a documentary entitled “Prom Night in Mississippi,” which details the journey of one high school in Mississippi as it holds its first interracial prom. After the experience, Saltzman was moved to establish a program that worked with students, youth-at-risk, and community groups to build cross-cultural connections.
As a filmmaker, Saltzman has worked on over 300 film and TV productions. He won two Canadian Emmys and won the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. He has been nominated and won many other awards and honors during his long career.