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Molly Secours's Biography

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Nashville Tennessee
Nov 2008

As a writer/speaker/filmmaker/activist, Molly Secours has been called an "uncompromising fighter for racial equity and social justice" (Tim Wise).

After a year and a half battle with cancer Molly has re-emerged with fresh eyes and is ready to address 09 with a profoundly altered perspective that is evident in her writing, filmmaking and lecture series.

Since 1995, Ms. Secours' writings have been published by over 50 mainstream and internet magazines and newspapers. She has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows (including CNN's Paula Zahn Now) to discuss issues of racism, white privilege and reparations for slavery.

After being invited to serve as an Advisory Board Member at the historic Fisk University's Race Relations Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, Secours presented an intervention to the United Nations in Santiago, Chile. She also attended the United Nations Prep-com in Geneva, Switzerland, and, as a journalist, covered the World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa (August 2001).

Secours is a contributing writer in a book published by Harper Collins (Jan. 2003) titled Should America Pay? Her chapter, entitled "Riding the Reparations Bandwagon," addresses issues of white privilege and reparations for the African Slave Trade. She has also co-created a workshop entitled "Straight Talk About Race-a dialog in black in white" which she co-facilitates with Dr. Raymond Winbush, the Director of Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore MD.

In Fall 2001, The Scene, Nashville's alternative weekly, identified Secours as one of "Nashville's most influential public intellectuals". As a strong presence in the community, Secours has used her skills as a writer and orator to challenge state and local officials (as well as members of the community) to carefully consider the state's position on the death penalty and the racial disparities of the criminal justice system.

As the founder of One Woman Show Productions, Secours has capitalized on her previous experience in theater, film and television to found a program called Youth Voice Through Video (Y.V.T.V.) wherein she teaches video-making to juvenile offenders and incarcerated youth in a Nashville prison.

She has written, produced and edited numerous videos and PSA's related to social justice issues and is working on several documentary film projects for her company, One Woman Show Productions.