Tue
Nov 14 2017
07:14 pm

What: "I Am Not Your Negro" film screening and discussion
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: Sharon Lawson Room, Blount County Public Library

Blount County United Education Committee and Blount County Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) are pleased to present a free community screening and discussion of Raoul Peck's documentary "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.”

The film and discussion will take place in the Sharon Lawson Room of the Blount County Public Library on Saturday, December 2 from 2-5pm. Dr. Frances Henderson (Maryville College) and Rev. Laura Bogle (Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship) will co-facilitate the discussion.

One of the most talked-about documentaries of recent years, “I Am Not Your Negro” is based on the work of author-activist James Baldwin and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Baldwin’s writing changed American literature, and his life and work intersected with some of the most influential and divisive people in the Civil Rights Movement.

This Oscar-nominated documentary brings Baldwin’s voice vibrantly to life, encouraging renewed focus to the important racial history he wrote about. There will be two discussion sessions, one during an intermission and one after the film. Blount County United Education Committee and Blount County SURJ are co-sponsoring this event as part of our shared commitment to increasing public awareness of and action to eliminate racism in our community.

NOTE: This film is rated PG-13 for violent images (including scenes of beating, lynching and riots); for profanity (in a song during closing credits) and racist language; and for very brief nudity. The difficult subject matter is of clear cultural importance, but please consider very carefully whether to bring younger children to the film. Staff in the Children’s Library (865-982-0981) can help parents research the film’s content and ratings criteria.

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