“100 Years From Mississippi” is a true story of resilience, forgiveness, memory, and hope featuring the story of Mamie Lang Kirkland.
Mamie Lang Kirkland still remembers the night in 1915 when panic filled her home in Ellisville, Mississippi. Her family was forced to flee in darkness from a growing mob of men determined to lynch her father and his friend. Mamie’s family escaped, but her father’s friend, John Hartfield, did not. He suffered one of the most horrific lynchings of the era. Mamie vowed to never return to Mississippi – until now.
After one hundred years, Mamie’s youngest child, filmmaker, Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, takes his mother back to Ellisville to tell her story, honor those who succumbed to the terror of racial violence, and give testimony to the courage and hope epitomized by many of her generation.
The film brings awareness to both how far we’ve come and how far we have to go to achieve true equality.
The film is directed by Tarabu Betserai Kirkland and produced by Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, Gina Rugolo Judd, and Barry Shabaka Henley.
Upcoming screenings include: