Tegan Griffith & Terrence Davenport
for a free film screening of “American Creed”
February 20, 2018
The new documentary film “American Creed” seeks to answer the question, “In a fractured nation, what ideals do we share in common?”.
Unlikely collaborators, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, have teamed up to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed through stories from around the country, including those of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith and social entrepreneur Terrence Davenport.
Sgt. Tegan Griffith, from the rural town of Wittenberg, Wisconsin, joined the Marine Corps at 21 in search of economic and educational opportunity, and a meaningful, patriotic life. Her service offered her a valuable new perspective on what values are worth defending — those embedded in her vision of the American creed. After serving in Iraq, she returned to Wisconsin’s capital, where she works tirelessly to help fellow vets build a support network to advocate for themselves and others. As a resident of Madison, she regularly encounters loud and passionate protesters, understanding that defending their right to free speech is “part of the fabric of my uniform.” Now a leader of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Griffith continues to fight for freedom and community.
Terrence Davenport was raised in the economically struggling Arkansas Delta. He did well in school, attending the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he studied web design and started a web development business. He moved back to his hometown of Dumas (pop. 2,500) in 2010 to help his family after his mother was diagnosed with cancer and his grandmother was evicted from the sharecropper’s shack she had lived in most of her life. Davenport stayed in Dumas and became a social entrepreneur, coaching low-income people and connecting them to work. “There’s ingenuity, determination and grit in our community,” Davenport says, “and if we can get even a small toehold on the economic ladder, we have a fighting chance.”
WSRE will present a free screening of “American Creed” followed by a conversation with cast members Tegan Griffith and Terrence Davenport in the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio at Pensacola State College on Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
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