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FSCC to host ‘Exploring the African American Experience’ videography discussion

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FORT SCOTT, Kan. — The public is invited to the Exploring the African American Experience Project videography discussion on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Ellis Fine Arts Center theater on the Fort Scott Community College campus at 9 a.m.  

The event will include discussions about video and movie making, how to find inspiration, and some insight into technical aspects, according to a press release announcing the event. Featured panelists include David Parks, photographer, filmmaker, author, and son of Gordon Parks; Robin Hickman-Winfield, executive producer of SoulTouch Productions and great-niece of Gordon Parks; and Eli Reed, award-winning photographer, photojournalist, and author. 

The stories of Gordon Parks and George Washington Carver highlight the struggles and ability to overcome adversity, the release said. The Exploring the African American Experience Project engages local high school and Fort Scott Community College students to research the little known and under told stories of other progressive African Americans and leaders from the Fort Scott area, according to the release.  

Students will create audio recordings or videos to share these stories in their “voices” through social media and short films hosted by the National Park Service, Gordon Parks Museum, and their schools, the release said. Exhibits will be developed from their work. This ongoing project is designed to expand beyond Fort Scott students. 

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, will be open for its summer hours of operation until Oct. 31. The site exhibit areas and visitor center are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park grounds are open daily from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset. To find out more or become involved in activities at the fort, contact the park at 620-223-0310 or visit its website at www.nps.gov/fosc. 

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