Black Student Union hosting meeting on changing name of Gish Film Theater

The Black Student Union at Bowling Green State University is hosting a Gish Theater Update forum Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in room 210 of the Math and Science Building.

The organizers said the  forum is open students, faculty, media, and the public to get an “accurate update on the situation as it is unfolding.”

The forum will include an update from the task force, statements from the BSU, which wants the name changed, comments from those both supporting and opposing changing the name, and a chance to ask questions.

In a statement, the BSU says it has no ill will toward the Gish sisters and their legacy, however, they want “to tell history in great veracity and detail, including the parts that are deeply problematic.”

That includes Lillian Gish’s prominent role in “The Birth of a Nation,” a film that played a role in the revival of the Ku Klux Klan. The display in the theater located in the Bowen Thompson Student Union is “offensive to black students whose families were affected by the racism (“The Birth of a Nation”) instilled in this nation.”

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