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UNI to screen award-winning film on separation of church and state

February 24, 2014

Stef McGraw, president, UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, 319-721-3689,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In 1945, a young housewife filed what would become a historic lawsuit that involved the separation of church and state. "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" documents the life of Vashti McCollum, the plaintiff in the landmark case McCollum v. Board of Education. The Peabody Award-winning film will be screened at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) at noon, Tuesday, March 4, and at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the Center for Multicultural Education. A brief discussion will follow the screening.

"It is important to highlight the names and stories of women that history seems to have forgotten. Vashti McCollum and her story are no exception," said Stef McGraw, president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI). "Her landmark court case that helped to establish the separation of church and state in public schools is important to both women's history and the history of secularism."

The screening is free and open to the public and is hosted by UNIFI, a student group at UNI that aims to create a community for skeptics, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, secular humanists and other nonreligious people. For more information, contact McGraw at 319-721-3689 or, or visit