Watch American Masters’ Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart documentary at 8pm Friday, January 19, on KERA. See the trailer here on PBS.
KERA presents three film screening and conversation events to facilitate a deeper understanding of American minority experiences.
Please join us to watch free Thursday evening showings of:
• I Am Not Your Negro (January 11)*
• Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (February 8)
• Dolores: The Story of Dolores Huerta (March 1),
… then participate in a follow-up discussion of the films. See below for screening details and film descriptions.
(*UPDATE: The I Am Not Your Negro screening on January 11 is sold out.)
All three films are presented in partnership with the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Unit.
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I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called 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, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, in his incendiary 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, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, 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, 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.
• The I Am Not Your Negro screening on January 11 is sold out and registration is closed.
• I Am Not Your Negro will air on KERA TV (Channel 13) Monday, January 15 at 9pm.
This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played in America.
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is a documentary and interactive project that explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture and national identity. Today, over half of all African American professionals are graduates of HBCUs. More than 50 percent of the nation’s African American public school teachers and 70 percent of African American dentists earned degrees at HBCUs. The film brings to a broad national audience for the first time the story of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of intolerance and injustice.
Date: Thursday, February 8 at 7pm
Location: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a part of the city of Fort Worth’s Movies That Matter series
Visit the film’s website
Watch the film’s trailer
» Register here (free)
With intimate and unprecedented access, this film tells the story of one of the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history.
Dolores Huerta’s fascinating life, from the fearless young woman confronting teamsters on violent picket lines to the activist grandmother nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco police squad, was overshadowed by the legacy of Cesar Chavez. After she was forced from the ranks of the all-male union leadership after his death, Huerta learns the painful truth – that gender is the greatest obstacle of all. But she turns her defeat into inspiration, setting the course for a lifetime pursuit of equality for all.
While tracing her trajectory through the most radical social and cultural movements of the past 50 years, from brown power and feminism to LGBTQ rights and environmental justice, Huerta provides an unflinching look at the barriers faced by women and people of color within the very communities they’re fighting for.
The Story of Dolores Huerta is presented in partnership with KERA and Independent Lens.
Date: Thursday, March 1 at 7pm
Location: Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. 3rd St.
» Register here (free)