Documentary “Women Like Us” screened at Johnson C. Smith University during 2018 Women’s Month

Metropolitan College of Professional Studies in partnership with the Department of Political Science at Johnson C. Smith University, came together to host a screening of the inspirational documentary “Women Like Us”. This event was part of The Sixth Annual International Women’s Month Lecture and Film Series at JCSU.

“Women Like Us” is a film that lifts and motivates the spirit, while taking the audience on a moving journey of exploration, adversity and evolution, as they witness the unimaginable social injustices women face around the globe. Director Sally Colón-Petree, award-winning journalist Catt Sadler, and activist/author Linda Redleman, travel the U.S. and Kenya to engage in conversations with over fourteen astounding women of various ethnicities and backgrounds creating change in the areas of sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, teen suicide, education and more. The movie also features actress and television host Sherri Shepherd and music by Grammy nominated artist MOBY.

The program at JCSU included a screening of the documentary on campus and a discussion led by a panel composed by the Film Director, Sally Colón-Petree, who visited Charlotte directly from her hometown in California. This visit was part of Colón-Petree’s tour around the nation championing the cause in favor of women. Dr. Terza Lima-Neves, Associate Professor of Political Science at Johnson C. Smith University and renowned advocate for women and girls also joined the conversation. Dr. Lima-Neves was born and raised on the Cape Verde Islands, West Africa. The moderator was Ms. Sarah Batista, award-winning TV journalist, social entrepreneur and speaker. JCSU’s Trustee, Astrid Chirinos, offered opening and closing remarks and thanked the organizers and guests.

This was a great opportunity to take action in the quest for equity and justice for all with a special focus on women issues. The audience was composed by students, faculty and staff from Johnson C. Smith University, as well as leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors of the outer community in Charlotte.

JCSU was the first campus to host a screening in a university setting. The Film Director and her staff will continue to promote these events in other campuses around the country. To continue creating awareness and action for change, they are open to work with partners to bring the film to as many people as possible. To learn more about the documentary, watch the trailer and/or host a screening please visit

"Women Like Us" documentary. Three Journeys. One mission to change the world.

“Women Like Us” Documentary. Three Journeys, one mission to change the world.

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