Film Presentations

I Just Want to Testify...


Friday, August 30, 7:15pm

Free screening and panel discussion with Director Eugene Williams
and KSU Professor Tumanue Lindsey

A film by Eugene Williams and KTWU

In I Just Want to Testify...  Former students, teachers, and community leaders relate their experiences about the historic court case on the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education on a new KTWU program.
 
In 1954 Topeka gained notoriety in the landmark U. S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the case that reversed the ideology and rule of 'separate but equal' in segregated schools.

Now on the 65th anniversary of that court ruling, former students, teachers and community leaders have gathered together to look upon the lives they led and how those lives have shaped the community for all of us today.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that American state laws establishing racial segregation in public schools are unconstitutional, even if the segregated schools are otherwise equal in quality. Handed down on May 17, 1954, the Court's unanimous (9-0) decision stated that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," and therefore violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

A new generation of children, teachers and administrators walk through school doors each day unaware of the great significance of the Brown v. Board decision. The court case effectively laid the groundwork for shaping national and international policies regarding human rights.

About Eugene Williams

Eugene Williams has an extensive background in broadcast and film which includes work with CBS, CNN, NBC, The National Science Foundation, and numerous local stations, state associations and independent production companies.

Eugene is proud to be a native of Mobile, Alabama and an alumnus of the University of Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Film Communications. After completing his undergraduate degree in Communications, he completed an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology, earning three certificates in electronics from Southwest State Technical College. Eugene also has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Mobile.

At the national level, Eugene has served as a member of the Public Broadcasting System Board of Directors. He has served on the Small Station Fund Committee and the Digital Distribution Fund Panel for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of two prestigious programs of the National Association of Broadcasters; the Management Development Seminar for Television Executives and the Broadcast Leadership Training Program.

Eugene takes a leadership role at both the state and local levels. He is a member of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters serving as a past-Chair and past Vice-Chair. Eugene served two terms as Chairman of the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council and served a 10-year term as Chairman of the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council’s Digital Television Committee. Eugene is a member of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club and has served as Chair of its Community Service efforts. Eugene also served as Vice-Chair of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Foundation. In March of 2016, Eugene was inducted into the Topeka Business Hall of Fame.

As a broadcaster, Eugene serves as Executive Producer of a variety of programs (sports, talk, documentary, and music performance). He is a four-time EMMY winner that has been nominated 9 times. He has hosted a variety of TV shows and pageants and moderated many political debates. In 2011, Eugene served as the emcee for the state of Kansas’ sesquicentennial (150th) celebration. Eugene is the host of KTWU’s newest program, Working Capital, it showcases entrepreneurship and provides an atmosphere for sharing practical business experiences. Working Capital is a show about local and regional businesses within the KTWU viewing area.

About Trumanue Lindsey

Director of Diversity & Multicultural Student Life
Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs - Kansas State University

Lindsey has worked in higher education for 12 years as an advocate and champion for access, equity and inclusion for traditionally marginalized students. He began his professional career providing academic advising and success programming for underrepresented students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After transitioning from the University of Minnesota, Lindsey spent the last eight years leading and developing diversity, equity and inclusion retention efforts within community colleges, including a Minnesota state systemwide retention initiative on providing leadership development opportunities for male students from diverse backgrounds.
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About KTWU

KTWU celebrated 50 years of broadcast service on October 21, 2015 and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas. KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and provides programming for both children and adults, with subjects related to education, cultural enrichment, public affairs and entertainment, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. KTWU also provides and participates in a number of community outreach programs and educational services.

KTWU serves approximately 196,000 households in the eastern Kansas corridor. Some of KTWU’s productions include: Sunflower Journeys; Beyond Theology; Black, White & Brown; Wood, Brick & Stone; IGI LIVE, Working Capital, the Washburn University Holiday Vespers concert, the Minds That Matter series; and several Theater of the Mind radio plays. Many of these have won awards at the local, state and regional divisions. KTWU’s productions have earned 18 Emmy nominations and have won 9 Emmy statues.


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