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Four Sites Receive Grants to Host “Iron Sharpens Iron” Currents Program

LEH’s popular reading and discussion series, Currents, which includes the book club programs “Who Gets to Vote? Conversations on Voting Rights in America,” and “Witness to Change: Conversations on Coastal Impacts,” expands to include a film discussion program on Iron Sharpens Iron.

Louisiana public libraries and community partners will host screenings of the film and then engage in discussions led by scholar facilitators. Iron Sharpens Iron, directed by John Richie and produced by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, captures a community’s fight against the development of the Plaquemines Liquids Terminal (PLT) atop land that includes the community’s ancestral burial grounds.

The Currents viewing and discussion sessions are intended to spark dialogue around issues and themes supported by the film, including but not limited to:

  • Environmental racism
  • Racial segregation
  • Economic injustice
  • Industrial encroachment
  • Extreme weather


Host sites will include (dates and times to be announced in the coming weeks):


University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Edith Garland Dupré Library

Lafayette, LA

Lafayette Parish


St. Charles Parish Library

St. Charles Parish Library, East Regional Library

Destrehan, LA

St. Charles Parish


Friends of the New Orleans Public Library

New Orleans Public Library, Algiers Regional Branch

Algiers, LA

Orleans Parish


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Zeitgeist Multicultural Arts Center

New Orleans, LA

Orleans Parish