Tuesday, April 11, 2006
For your information:
The Lewis Walker Institute recently hosted three days of programming around
Stolen Childhoods, a feature-length documentary on global child labor that
examines the plight of 246 million poor and exploited working children around the world. Told from their vantage point, the film enters the world of children who are enslaved, abducted, sexually exploited, starved, and/or forced to work under the worst possible conditions. Their youth stolen, these children of color are denied education and deprived of their innocence, in many cases, by industries
which rely upon child labor to keep production costs low and profits high. Lest we think that the destruction of young lives is confined to urban centers or is a remote problem about which we can do little, the final segment of Stolen Childhoods, filmed in rural Texas, reveals the impact of
labor exploitation on American children who cannot attend school as long as there are crops to be harvested. In that seasonal labor is a vital element of American agricultural economy, and the exploitation of Hispanic laborers is a social and political concern of moment, we must ponder the many new ways racism presents itself as we also consider how to improve the lives of
children of color at home and abroad. . . . .
For your convenience, I have included a link to the Stolen Childhoods
Finally, this program comes with my highest recommendations. I hope you
will consider showing Stolen Childhoods at your school or community
organization in the near future. Please call upon me if I can provide you
with further information about this important film.
Educating head, heart, and hand,
Deborah H. Barnes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations Welborn
Hall Mail Stop: 5236 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 49008