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“Chairman Jones” Film Screening and Community Dialogue Held in Pitt County

Thursday, April 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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East Carolina University (ECU) hosted Wildacres Leadership Initiative’s (WLI) presentation of the NC documentary film “Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader” on Monday, April 1. This is the third time WLI has taken this film from the 2017-19 Friday Fellowship curriculum to a higher education setting in North Carolina. 




Students, staff, and local community members attended a pre-event reception, film screening, and post-screening panel discussion with audience participation. As was the case at the prior screenings, many folks lingered and talked well after the formal program ended, showing the continued need for these spaces of community and conversation to be created. More event photos are available in the Facebook album at this link.



Several Friday Fellows and WLI board members who also work at ECU made the event possible. Special thanks to Danny Ellis (Friday Fellowship Class of 2008), Todd Fraley (Class of 2011), and Virginia Hardy (Class of 1999) and LaKesha Alston Forbes. Thanks to Mavis Hill (Class of 2003) for driving in from Creswell and Dennis McCunney of ECU’s Office of Intercultural Affairs at ECU for promoting the event.



One thing that makes these events so impactful is the one-on-one conversation time people spend hearing each other’s stories before and after the film. It was wonderful to listen as Anna Jones, Friday Fellows, and attendees connected over and over in repeated extended conversations through the afternoon and evening. Storytelling as methodology is practiced both in-person and via the film at these events. Building and remaking relationships in this very personal way brings a small piece of the Fellowship experience to more people across the state.

This film was part of 2017-19 Friday Fellowship curriculum. It was screened at Seminar 4 in Columbia, NC as a part of that seminar’s theme on visionary and prophetic leadership. For Seminar 4’s recommended texts, click here. Materials for other seminars can be found at these links here and here.

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Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.