Athens educator, writer, and community activist Montu Miller hosts a special program, Birth of a Nation, commemorating the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831, and the new film opening later this year.

Nat Turner was an enslaved African American who led a rebellion of slaves and free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831, that resulted in the deaths of 55 to 65 white people. In retaliation, enraged white militias and mobs killed more than 200 black people in the course of putting down the rebellion. The rebellion and its aftermath fueled the abolitionist movement. Fox Searchlight will release The Birth of a Nation on October 7, 2016.

Montu Miller is the Ambassador of the Athens HipHop Community, co-founder/chief administrator for DMZ Family and ATHfactor Entertainment Group, a dedicated special education paraprofessional (Clarke Central High School). During the 2004 Keep Right Album tour, he traveled the country as an archivist/videographer for musicians KRS-ONE and Ishues.

The event is Sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning in cooperation with the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services of the American Library Association, The United Nations Remember Slavery Program. For more information, visit RSLathens.org.

Recorded Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens Georgia.

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