Friday, February 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. February 22, 2013


Every Friday night, NOMA hosts live music, art activities, lectures, gallery talks, film screenings and more!

This week, in honor of Black History Month, we will be screening Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.

About Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott
(Approximately One Hour)
In 1953, lead by a handful of determined young men and women, the African American citizens of Louisiana’s capital city led a quiet revolt. Nearly three years before the famous bus boycott in Montgomery paralyzed that city and captured national attention, the African American citizens of Baton Rouge organized the nation’s first large-scale boycott challenging segregation. The city’s black residents pulled together in solidarity to make the boycott effective, organizing an intricate carpool system. In just eight days they brought the city’s bus system to its knees. This boycott would become a defining moment in the birth of America ‘s struggle over civil rights. In years to come, lessons about the boycott’s successes and failures would provide momentum for the social revolution igniting throughout the South.

Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott was honored with a 2005 International CINE Golden Eagle Award, an American Bar Association Silver Gavel for Arts and Media, Honorable Mention and Best Historical Documentary from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

About Christina Melton
Christina Melton is Special Projects Producer for Louisiana Public Broadcasting and has been honored with many of the documentary world’s top honors, including the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism, four International CINE Golden Eagle Awards, an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Four of her last five documentaries have broadcast nationally on PBS, two others distributed nationally through American Public Television. Most recently, she was honored as Louisiana Conservationist of the Year by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation for her coastal science documentary, Turning the Tide.

About Patrice Fisher & Arpa Latin Jazz Ensemble
Latin jazz harpist & composer, Patrice Fisher, has been performing and recording her own compositions since 1980. She has recorded fourteen albums of original music, including her latest CD, “Sunset” She has performed at such international festivals as the Cancun Jazz Festival, the Jambalaya Jazz Festival in Ilhabela, Brazil, the Trova Jazz Festival in Guatemala and the Festi Jazz in La Paz, Bolivia. She has performed for more than thirty years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Patrice also performs Celtic music and is director of the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble. And read more about her here.

About the Maya Symposium
The 10th annual Tulane Maya Symposium will kick off at NOMA on Friday February 22 from 6-7 with a lecture by Dr. Peter Mathews titled, “Finding the lost jungle city of ‘Site Q’ : Detective Work among the Ancient Maya.”

In the 1960s, the antiquities market was flooded with many looted inscriptions from the Maya area. Among them were dozens of exquisitely carved panels that Dr. Peter Mathews first recognized as originating from a single yet unknown site. For almost four decades this lost Maya city, nicknamed “Site Q”, was known to scholars only through its looted inscriptions. It became the subject of a decades long hunt to find it; and, thanks to a great deal of collaboration it has recently been identified and is also known as La Corona.

The Maya Symposium will held on February 22, 23 and 24. The theme of this year’s symposium is Kaanal: The Snake Kingdom of the Classic Maya. Click here for more information or to register.