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New TV Documentary 'THE BETTER HOUR: The Legacy of William Wilberforce'

Preview Screening and Student "Speak Out" for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at Wilberforce University, January 14th

Contact: Sheila Weber, VP Communications, The Wilberforce Project, 646-322-6853,

MEDIA ADVISORY, Jan. 11 /Standard Newswire/ -- The following media advisory is submitted by The Wilberforce Project:

WHAT:   The national launch and preview screening of a new one-hour television documentary, "THE BETTER HOUR: The Legacy of William Wilberforce" (, which will appear nationwide on public television beginning in February, 2008. The event will include a student "speak out" on modern day forms of slavery and residual effects of American slavery, moderated by the Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, president of Wilberforce University. (William Wilberforce was the legendary British Parliamentarian who led the 20-year fight for the 1807 abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, as well as helped establish 69 philanthropies and countless social reforms that changed the culture of 19th century England.)

WHERE:  Hosted at Wilberforce University near Dayton, Ohio on Monday evening January 14th, the week prior to Martin Luther King Jr. day. Wilberforce University is the oldest private historically black college in America. Event location is the Lower Lecture Hall, King Academic Building. (

WHO:  Moderated by former U.S. Congressman, now Wilberforce University President, Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, a panel discussion will include the film's co-executive producer Cullen Schippe; Lesogo Serlong, cited as "one of top 10 students of South Africa;" Brenda Wilberforce of Liberia, the 2007 senior class president at Wilberforce University; and 16-year-old Zach Hunter, author of "Be the Change" and founder of "Loose Change to Loosen Chains," with open microphone session to follow.

WHEN: Monday evening, January 14, 2008
6:30 p.m. Reception
7 to 8 p.m. Preview screening 
8 to 8:45 p.m. Panel discussion
8:45 to 10:00 p.m. Audience Participation

CONTACT:    Sheila Weber
VP Communications, The Wilberforce Project or 646-322-6853