Lufkin, TX – The Angelina Arts Alliance announces the documentary film entitled “Citizens At Last: Texas Women Fight For The Vote” at the Pines Theater on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2pm has been rescheduled due to the rising COVID cases in the community. The screening will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 2pm.
The documentary is produced by Lufkin community leader, Ellen Temple, in partnership with filmmaker Nancy Schiesari, and is based on Temple’s book “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas”. The documentary chronicles the Texas suffragists and “tells the story of the grit, persistence, and tactical smarts of the Texas women who organized, demonstrated, and won the vote for women. Citizens at Last follows the early days of organizing, explores the strategic role Texas suffragists played in the national movement, and exposes the pro-Jim Crow policies of the anti-suffragists who stood in their way.”
Notable Texans such as Minnie Fisher Cunningham, Annette Finnigan, Marianna Folsom, Jovita Idar, and Maude Sampson are featured for their important role in the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in Texas.
“We are thrilled to be able to present this important story about the Texas women who struggled and sacrificed to help secure the right for women to vote. We also want to honor the legacy of these women and help educate the community about the historical, cultural and social significance of this movement,” said Jennifer Allen, Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance.
The film is 1 hour long followed by a 20-minute panel discussion with the filmmakers. The screening is free to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be secured in person, by phone, or online through the Angelina Arts Alliance box office at 108 S. First Street, 936-633- 5454 or at www.angelinaarts.org. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Complimentary refreshments will be available. For more information, please visit the Citizens At Last® website at https://www.citizensatlastfilm.com/.
The Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich, entertain and educate by presenting and promoting the arts in East Texas.