The Lewis Museum, Baltimore National Heritage Area to host screening and panel discussion on documentary chronicling lives and historic context of squeegee workers
BALTIMORE, Md. (October 13, 2022) – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (The Lewis Museum), in partnership with the Baltimore National Heritage Area, (BNHA) will host a free screening of the documentary By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival. By Any Means Necessary contextualizes the squeegee worker sector against the history of “hustle” or gig economies in the Black community. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by The Lewis Museum’s executive director Terri Lee Freeman and including panelists Shauntee Daniels, executive director, BNHA; Jason Bass, Director of Culture and Impact, Hotel Revival; Leon Bey-Smith of the Arch Social Club Community Network and former squeegee worker Walker Gladden who are featured in the documentary; and Faith P. Leach, Deputy Mayor of Equity, Health and Human Services, City of Baltimore.
The documentary provides interviews with those who participate in the industry, allowing for first-person accounts of the “why” behind squeegeeing and presenting the concept that the reasons and the participants are not monolithic. The event’s goal is to foster a solutions-oriented conversation that brings greater understanding of the people and circumstances beyond the headlines. It is a film by El Mar y Él, LLC; presented by the BNHA; and co-produced by Just Stunt Productions, LLC.
WHAT: By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 6 pm to 9 pm
WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Watch the documentary and panel discussion below.
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About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Located two blocks from Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture – a Smithsonian Affiliate – documents, interprets, and preserves the complex experiences, contributions, and culture of Black people. It serves as a catalyst of sustained change by providing robust programs and exhibitions and bold conversations that educate and challenge. Founded in 2005, the 82,000-square-foot facility accommodates over 13,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibition space, hosting more than 11,000 objects in our permanent collection, special exhibitions, educational programs, and public events. For up-to-date information regarding programs and exhibits and to plan your timed admission, visit www.lewismuseum.org, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @LewisMuseum or on Facebook @RFLewisMuseum.
About the Baltimore National Heritage Area
The Baltimore National Heritage Area works to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore’s historic and cultural legacy and natural resources. Learn more by visiting ExploreBaltimore.org.