“When somebody says to you, ‘You can’t get anything done in Washington, I don’t know why you try’…Just say, Thank you Heather.” – Senator Elizabeth Warren
The Center for Leadership and Involvement is hosting a screening of the newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, Heather Booth: Changing the World, which profiles the work of UChicago alumna Heather Booth (AB’67, AM’70), a renowned organizer and activist.
In telling the story of Booth’s life and work, the film presents an overview of 50 years of the progressive movement, as well as a manual on how to become an organizer.
From a politically conscious college student who began her career in 1964 registering voters in Mississippi at the height of the Civil Rights movement, Booth became the go-to strategist for causes ranging from child care to women’s rights to immigration reform and advisor to leaders including Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The film blends archival and contemporary footage with interviews with close friends, clients, political colleagues, students, and others to understand Booth's legacy in progressive politics. This is a timely film that arms viewers with methods they can employ to preserve our democratic principles.
The goal is for Heather Booth: Changing the World to serve as a tool for community organizing through education and awareness, and as a guide for mobilizing that inspires activism and ignites change.
The screening will be hosted in the Performance Hall of the Reva and David Logan Center for Arts on Monday, February 12. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the screening to start at 7 p.m. Following the viewing, Booth will be available to answer questions from the audience.
This event is free to the University community.