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January 14, 2018

Film For Thought: I Am Not Your Negro

This popular winter program will feature unique and specially curated selections inspired by themes explored in Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths. Held indoors, this 3-installment series of documentary films offers a thought-provoking look at the issues of race and bias in the United States, and the use of art as a tool for social awareness and change. Film screenings meet within the exhibition for a period of quiet reflection on the work and its themes. Following the screening, share your thoughts during an informal discussion led by experienced guest moderators.

I Am Not Your Negro is an examination of racism in America through the lens of James Baldwin’s unfinished book, Remember This House, intended as an account of the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Combining Baldwin’s unfinished 30-page manuscript with footage of African-Americans throughout American history, the film uses Baldwin’s words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and efforts to curtail it. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this film explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

Snow Date: January 28.

Dr. Piper Hendrix Williams
Associate Professor

English and African American Studies Departments at The College of New Jersey

Piper (B.A. Spelman College, M.A., Ph.D. Rutgers, the State University of NJ) is an Associate Professor in the English and African American Studies Departments at the College of New Jersey.   She teaches various classes on topics in 19th and 20th Century African American Literature, African Diaspora Literature, and Multicultural Studies. Her book, Re-presenting Segregation: Toward and Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, co-edited with Brian Norma, was published by SUNY Press in 2010. She is currently working on a single authored book, A Black American Love Story, that merges literary analysis of African American Literature, memoir and a family biography.

January 14, 2018
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Free with park admission. Reservations required.

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