UNI to screen 'The Story of Shelley v. Kraemer' documentary

Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017

Jeffrey Copeland, professor, languages and literatures, 319-273-3323,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will screen the documentary "The Story of Shelley v. Kraemer" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, in Room 108 of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus.

The Shelley v. Kraemer U.S. Supreme Court decision, perhaps more than any other ruling in modern times, literally and figuratively changed the face of our nation. This 1948 case ended the practice of "restrictive real estate covenants" that dictated where people could, and could not, live based on issues of race, color, creed and national origin.

The documentary will explain and describe the events that led up to this milestone ruling and the actions of the individuals who banded together to help bring it about. After the screening, Jeffrey Copeland, professor of languages and literatures, will give a brief talk about how this historic ruling changed the country. There will also be film clips of some of those involved in the case and their relatives speaking about their experiences.

This film will be featured from March 2017 to March 2018 in the new Missouri History Museum exhibit, "#1 in Civil Rights: The African-American Freedom Struggle," in St. Louis.

The event is free and open to the public. Cake will be served at a reception following the viewing of the film. For more information about the film, contact Copeland at 319-273-3323 or For information about the Missouri History Museum exhibit, visit