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MSU Libraries FIlm Series
Five Nights Towards Freedom:
MLK Commemorative Film Series
Good Trouble: Reclaiming Our Democracy. Demanding Social Justice
View other events in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration.
Join MSU Libraries, MSU Detroit Center, and WKAR on virtual screenings and conversations featuring films focusing on sociopolitical protest movements, bridging together the Civil Rights Movement with contemporary films exploring the Black Lives Matter movement. Check the information for each of the films below and register.
Co-sponsors: The Department of African American and African Studies, The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, The Department of English, James Madison College, and Peace and Justice Studies.
Director: Sabaah Folayan
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets?
is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. It is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
Hosted by Rashida Harrison, Ph.D. Chair of "Race in 21st Century America" Conference. James Madison College. Co-hosted by MSU Detroit Center.
Monday, January 18, 2021, 7 pm EST. Register for this event
Night Catches Us
Director: Tanya Hamilton
The film tells a story about individuals during the aftermath of the Black Panther movement, who are trying to continue to live their lives and must hold a secret for an incident that happened in the past.
Hosted by Tama Hamilton-Wray, Ph.D., Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7 pm EST. Register for this event
I Am Not Your Negro
Director: Raoul Peck
Based on James Baldwin’s personal account of the live and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, the film tells a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
Hosted by Jeff Wray, Dept. of English.
Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm EST. Register for this event
Fundi : The Story of Ella Baker
Director: Joanne Grant
A documentary film about Ella Baker
, a contemporary and mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on her instrumental roles as a black woman civil rights worker, and mother of both the SCLC and SNCC.
Hosted by Tamura Lomax, Ph.D., Dept. of African American and African Studies.
Thursday, January 21, 7 pm EST. Register for this event
Director: Stanley Nelson
In 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives for traveling together on buses and trains in the Deep South. Stanley Nelson offers the first film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists.
Hosted by WKAR with panelists Tama Hamilton-Wray, PhD, Rashida Harrison, PhD, Jeff Wray, and Tamura Lomax, PhD.
Friday, January 22, 7 pm EST. More information and register for this event (WKAR)