Trident Technical College is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events, including a free screening of two documentary films, Two Dollars and a Dream and I Am Somebody: The Charleston Hospital Workers Strike. Both films will be presented on Feb. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Main Campus in the 920 Building.
Two Dollars and a Dream is about Madam C.J. Walker, a child of freed slaves who invested in a company specializing in black hair and skin care products and became the first black female millionaire. The film follows the lives of Walker and her daughter, A’Lelia Walker, who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
I Am Somebody is about the historical Charleston hospital strike during the Civil Rights Movement. In 1969, 400 poorly paid black female hospital workers in Charleston went on strike and demanded union recognition. They were confronted by the South Carolina state government and the National Guard.
Both films touch on the intersection of class, race, and gender in the lives of these strong black women. For more information, call (843) 574-6012.