Activist in the Mid-State to Talk About Post 9-11 Hate Crimes

Nov 22, 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An award winning documentary about the hate crimes and violence suffered by Muslims and Siks following the 9-11 terror attacks will be screened here in the mid-state next week.

Civil rights activist and interfaith leader Valarie Kaur will be on the campus of Middle State University Monday to screen and to talk about her film. “Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath.”

Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights advocate, and interfaith leader who centers her work around the power of storytelling. She is the founder of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary, a non-profit initiative with 80,000 members that equips people of faith to mobilize for social change.

In a 2011 appearance at Auburn Seminary, Kaur talked about what motivates her work. She recalled the post 911 experience of one of her professors, a Sikh, who was verbally assaulted by an irate man on a public bus.

“And then something remarkable happened. The other people on the bus began to stand up. The white woman, the black kid, the Asian girl, they all stood up and they said, ‘Stop this! Sit down! You don’t know what you’re saying. Sit down. Sit Down. And the man sat down.”

Kaur is the founder of Groundswell, a non-profit initiative to equip people of faith to advocate for social change.

Kaur will show her film, speak, and take questions Monday evening beginning at 6:30 on the MTSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.