Friday, January 19, 2018
Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. | Film Screening 9:00 a.m. | Discussion 11:00 a.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.
In partnership with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, join us for a special screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO followed by a meaningful discussion with James Baldwin's niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart. Aisha, the author of Dining While Black: A Guide to the Art of Modern Dining, will host a Community Conversation around the themes of the film. Aisha grew up amid literary and political gatherings hosted by her uncle featuring writers like Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Amiri Baraka and is a strong proponent of her uncle's important legacy.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive 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 his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and 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, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Rating Advisory: PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity.