Meridel LeSueur would embrace the vision and endorse the vision of the East Side Freedom Library (ESFL). She would no doubt have some helpful suggestions for programs and outreach strategies, but she would embrace the idea!
The feeling is mutual. The vision and words of Meridel resonate in the essence of ESFL In fact, the mission of ESFL is to “give the great possible scope to the common passions and make them intelligible among the great number of people.
Though Meridel died in 1996 her spirit lives, captured in her own words, in the memories of colleagues and in film/video – not to mention in the lives of those who felt her influence. Her spirit is needed at this hour.
To underscore that point, ESFL is sponsoring a Labor Movie Night, starring the spirit of Meridel. My People Are My Home is a 45-minute creative documentary produced in 1976 by a Twin Cities women’s film collective. The documentary follows the text of several of Meridel’s writings “woven with images of Midwestern people, especially working class women. It fulfills Meridel’s vision of making “common passions…intelligible among the greatest number of people.”
Following the film there will be a discussion of the film and of the life and work of Meridel LeSeuer. The discussion will be led by Neala Schleuning who has written about Lesueur, including for this MNOpedia entry (http://www.mnopedia.org/person/le-sueur-meridel-1900-1996) Members of the women’s collective that created the film will be on hand to participate in the exchange of ideas.
The film showing and discussion are Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. at ESFL 1105 Greenbrier Street, St Paul 55106. Free and open.