Morehouse College Human Rights Film Fest

Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard

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Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard tells the story of Tamara Lanier, an African-American woman determined to force Harvard University to cede ownership of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. The images are emblematic of the inhumanity of slavery, the racist science that supported it, and the white supremacy that continues to infect our society today. The film focuses on Lanier, following her lawsuit and the growing activism around it, and features Attorney Benjamin Crump and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.


This screening is supported in part by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Morehouse College's Movement, Memory, and Justice Project.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    David Grubin
  • Producer
    David Grubin