V Day

Suffrage in the city

SAT 9/18

This item was erroneously included in last week's See/Be Seen section. Feeling apathetic about voting in the next election? Consider the story of Fannie Lou Hamer. A sharecropper's daughter from Mississippi, youngest of 20 children, Hamer joined the civil rights movement in the early '60s, when she first learned she actually had the right to vote. Blacks were "discouraged" from going to the polls in Mississippi, but she persisted and eventually became a leader in the voting rights movement and speaking for black Mississippi delegates at the 1964 Democratic convention. Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act a year later.

Thanks to the efforts of Lori Gold, formerly of Broward's American Civil Liberties Union, a one-woman show about Hamer's life written and performed by actress/writer M'Zuri kicks off a series of workshops sponsored by the Broward Voting Rights Coalition at the Mount Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church (401 NW Seventh Ter., Fort Lauderdale), an affiliation of local organizations dedicated to ensuring that all voices get heard on November 2. The workshops address voting rights for former felons, new chad-less touch-screen machines, and transportation and childcare on voting day. The free performance begins at 2 p.m. A $10 donation is encouraged. Call 954-926-6700. -- Gail Shepherd

Cookout Point

The knoll knows

FRI 9/17

Murder, romance, politics -- what else does a movie need? How 'bout a barbecue to tie everything together? Such are the various stories that comprise The Barbecue People, a comedy about a Jewish family that returns to Israel after living in Iraq. Set on the 40th anniversary of Israeli statehood, the film follows the father's tale of fighting to establish the state, the mother's old love affair, the son's dealing with false murder accusations, and the daughter's quest to make sense of it all. The stories are told atop a JFK assassination-style grassy knoll -- perhaps as a symbol that some things are never resolved. The film is shown Friday through September 23 at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Admission costs $4 to $6. Call 954-523-3456. -- Jason Budjinski

 
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