Normandale hosts American Denial Documentary Screening

By Steven Geller - Directory of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College will host a screening of the documentary American Denial on Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. in the Dale Lorenz Auditorium. 

There will be open reception with entertainment by Repurposed, food and refreshments starting at 5 p.m. There will also be a panel discussion.

Between 1865 and 1870, the United States adopted three amendments to the Constitution, collectively called the Reconstruction Amendments, which fundamentally changed our Republic. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, the 14th Amendment established birthright citizenship and guaranteed equal protection of law, and the 15th Amendment secured voting rights without regard to race, color or previous condition of servitude.  After 150 years, these Amendments, continue to shape our present and our future. 

The Constitutional Accountability Center and the National Constitution Center call these amendments "The Second Founding, "because they are the constitutional embodiment of what President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address called "a new birth of freedom".  On January 31, 2017, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of these amendments, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Federal Bar Association, the League of Women voters Bloomington, and Normandale Community College will kickoff the Normandale Student Second Founding Competition with a screening of the Emmy-nominated film  American Denial   - the documentary presents the work of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal, who in the 1930's and 1940's studied social conditions in the Jim Crow South.  The film uses Myrdal's insights to pose provocative questions about whether and to what extent social conditions have changed for Americans today.   

Following the film, we will be joined by the film's director, Llewellyn Smith, Attorney Donald M. Lewis, Normandale History Professor Lisa Rude, and a Normandale student for a discussion of the important issues raised by the film. The panel discussion will be moderated by Lissa Jones-Lofgren, host of KMOJ's Urban Agenda. For more information, call 612-664-5110 or email Jeanette Sanchez at