Imagine that you and your family are faced with the choice of leaving town or dying for trying to maintain ownership of your home. In the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression, this was the option presented to African Americans by their white "neighbors" in cities across America. Banished, a 2007 documentary directed by New York University professor Marco Williams, shows how violent, belligerent racism drove African Americans out of their homes in four communities, one of which was Pierce City, Missouri. Williams examines this frightening trend that infected the South and Midwest, and brings the descendants of citizens who were driven out of their homes back to the scene of the crime. Banished screens for free at 1 p.m. the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-5999 or www.mohistory.org).
Sat., Jan. 7, 2012