2011 – PG-13 : DVD, Streaming, TV

the_helpThe Help illustrates how one person can reject social norms and change the world around them. It uses humor to approach racial prejudice in Mississippi in 1963. Eugenia Phalen, known as “Skeeter,” returns home after going to college for journalism. All of her hometown friends now have husbands and children. Skeeter is friends with the African American house servants who cook, clean, and take care of the children. Skeeter observes the inequalities between the help and the white families they serve and decides to write about the help’s experiences. Getting the African American maids to trust her and open up about their experiences takes time. Skeeter’s fairness, determination, and bravery are examples of how Bahá’ís should act to help reduce prejudice.

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