Agents of Change chronicles emergence of black studies programs in higher education

Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 1:50 PM CDT
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The Arts Council of Central Louisiana proudly presents Agents of Change as part of the 2016 – 2017 South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The film will be screened at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center on September 16th at 7 p.m.

Following the screening, one of the directors, Abby Ginzburg, will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and her work. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $8, and season passes are available for $50. Tickets are available at and will also be available at the door.

Between 1965 and 1972, black students at over 1,000 colleges and universities organized to demand the increased admission of black students, the creation of Black Studies departments, and the hiring of black faculty in order to create a system of higher education more relevant to and reflective of the black experience. Agents of Change presents this dramatic, untold story through the experiences of those on the front lines at San Francisco State and Cornell University, introducing today’s generation to a piece of forgotten history.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization building on the South's unique heritage and enhancing the public value of the arts.

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana will screen 6 films as part of the 2016 – 2017 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films. Each film will be screened at either Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center or the Hearn Stage. For a full listing of films, visit or call (318) 484-4474.