The Georgia State Greatest MINDS Society and other GSU groups are screening the documentary film, Let the Fire Burn, in the Student Center Speaker’s Auditorium this Wednesday, June 10, starting at 5:00pm and followed by a discussion led by GSU Sociology Professor Dr. Deirdre Oakley and GSU African-American Studies Professor Dr. Michael Simanga. A reception with food will follow the screening/discussion.
“Let the Fire Burn describes the conflict between the Black Power group MOVE and the people and city government of Philadelphia, culminating in the armed standoff of May 13, 1985, in which one police officer and eleven MOVE members were killed, ending when Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the row house that served as MOVE headquarters.” (from catalog record)
Also check out some of these GSU Library resources about MOVE and the incidents surrounding and resulting from that day in May:
- Wagner-Pacifici, Robin Erica. Discourse and Destruction: The City of Philadelphia Versus MOVE. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
- Sanders, Kimberly, and Judson Jeffries. “Framing MOVE: A Press’ Complicity In The Murder Of Women And Children In The City Of (Un) Brotherly Love.” Journal Of African American Studies 17.4 (2013): 566-586.
- Eichel, Larry. “Life After The Bomb.” New Republic 193.26 (1985): 13-15.
- Weiss, Philip. “Goode, Bad, And Ugly.” New Republic 192.23 (1985): 12-13.
- Quinn, Jim. “Move V. The City Of Philadelphia. (Cover Story).” Nation 242.12 (1986): 441-458.
- “Complaints persist at site of Philadelphia cult bombing in `85.” New York Times 07 May 1995: 23.
- “Move witness describes bomb and fatal fire.” New York Times 16 May 1996: A18.
- Janofsky, Michael. “Move over.” New York Times 30 June 1996: 2.
- Hope, Clover. “City of Philadelphia ordered to pay 20 years after the MOVE bombing.” New York Amsterdam News 21 Apr. 2005: 4.
The Let the Fire Burn DVD will also be available for check out at the GSU University Library once the screening is complete.