Belmont’s Community Relations and Psychological Sciences departments, along with the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., co-sponsored a viewing of Little Brother, a series of 15-minute documentary films dedicated to giving young black boys a unique voice.
Following the viewing, a panel discussion was held featuring several experts in the community including local and state-level governmental officials, representatives from local organizations, individuals from the Nashville Board of Education and the president of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Dr. Raymond Winbush, the narrator of the film, facilitated the discussion. Dr. Winbush is currently the director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore, but previously held positions at both Fisk and Vanderbilt universities.
Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences Linda Jones said, “The documentary was powerful, but the discussion afterwards was riveting. There were many interesting concerns and ideas generated from the panel as well as provocative questions from the audience.”
The viewing was well attended with approximately 200 people from all over Nashville participating. Filmmakers hope this showing will be the first local event that will begin the conversation about young African American boys in Nashville. In addition to Belmont and Delta Sigma Theta, other organizations responsible for the event included the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of 100 Black Women, Tennessee Voices for Children, Nashville Chapter of the Black Police Association, the Martha O’Bryan Community Organization, Turning Point, LTD, Alkebu-Lan Images Book Store, Metro Nashville Police and the Nashville Chapter of 100 Black Men.