This documentary is based largely on Civil Rights writer James Baldwin’s personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of this manuscript.
In I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-theminute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond and ultimately confronts the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of the three leaders. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the continued peril America facesfrom institutionalized racism.
This screening is free and open to the public. In honor of Dr. King’s social justice work, we will be accepting donations for the Forks Food Bank at this event. The film will be followed by a discussion with Shewa Dedeke, a writer, public speaker, and activist who uses vulnerability as her art form, and Nitasha Lewis, the coordinator for the Upward Bound program at Peninsula College, where she assists low-income and first generationstudents in succeeding in their precollege performance and higher education pursuits.
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