June is Pride Month, a month dedicated to acknowledging and uplifting LGBTQ+ voices.
In honor of Pride Month, PBS is highlighting the LGBTQ+ community all month long with programs that discuss LGBTQ+ people, their stories, and their battles for human and civil rights.
The assortment of programming recounts moments of joy, as well as moments of struggle throughout history.
“The Committee” is a documentary film about the little-known Florida Legislative Investigative Committee of the State Legislature from 1956-1965. Florida Senator Charley Johns chaired the committee, and it’s objective paralleled the “Red Scare” of the time.
The committee’s aim was to root out communist and homosexual teachers and students from state universities. More than 200 suspected LGBTQ+ citizens were accused and then fired or expelled.
“The Committee” will air on Mountain Lake PBS on Tuesday, June, 23 at 4 a.m., so set your DVR!
If you would like to learn more, and share/watch this program with your children or students, PBS LearningMedia has a collection of videos, lesson plans, and activities to help support you, and check out our blog post about discussing Pride Month and this resource on “McCarthyism” and “The Red Scare” with your kids.