When history fails to preserve stories from our past and present, it’s up to us to correct the record. Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is omitted from most history books despite ranking among revolutionary leaders like Harriet Tubman or Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an activist and a champion to a nation – and it’s time the world remembers her name. MANKILLER is a documentary by Producer Gale Hurd, celebrating a leader who defied all odds to make a difference for her people. During a time when American Indians found themselves disenfranchised and undervalued by the United States, Wilma emerged as a champion of the Cherokee Nation and became its first female Principal Chief in 1985.
Come schmooze over brunch on Sunday, March 18, and stay to watch this powerful documentary of a revolutionary woman whose story was almost lost. Wilma’s amazing journey highlights the struggles of both women and minorities, and is an inspiring tale of what one can accomplish with perseverance and unending dedication. This event is open to the entire Temple community. We hope you can join us!