How the ofays stole land from our ancestors to gain wealth…..
Marco Williams’ 2007 documentary “Banished” takes on one of the overlooked stories of American history: racial cleansing during the early 20th century where African-American inhabitants were expelled from dozens of communities and their property confiscated.
“Banished” follows the descendants of expelled communities in Arkansas, Georgia, and Missouri. Each family looks for answers and closure in its own way, but all three are met with the opposition of members of the all-white communities.
Screened at the Smith Warehouse on Thursday evening, the documentary was followed by a panel discussion featuring Williams and historian William Chafe and moderated by Pauli Murray Project director Barbara Lau.