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The Wright Museum Launches the Liberation Film Series; 10-Month Series includes Post-Film Conversations with Renowned Scholar-Activists

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens its innovative Liberation Film Series with a free screening of “The Black Power Mixtape 1965-1975 Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 2 pm in its General Motors Theater.  Following the film will be a discussion entitled, “Lessons of the Black Power Movement,” led by Professors Gloria (Aneb) House of the University of Michigan - Dearborn, and Stephen Ward of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

This film, produced by Danny Glover, features rare archival footage, which was hidden for over 30 years, of Angela Davis and Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), among others.  Dr. House asserts, “The first film of this series (is)… an intense retrospective on the Black Power Movement through riveting commentaries by some of its iconic leaders including Angela Davis, Kwame Ture, and Harry Belafonte.  Popular contemporary artists Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, and Abiodum Oyiwole of The Last Poets, reflect on the ways their own lives were influenced by these leaders and struggles of the period.  ‘Mixtape’ offers excellent insight to anyone who wishes to understand the groundswell for self-determination among African Americans during this period, 1960-1980.”

The Liberation Film Series takes place on a monthly basis at The Wright Museum.  What makes this program unique is its community engagement component that seeks to involve the youth, high school and university students, and the community at-large, in an engaging post-film “conversation” led by scholar-activists and/or community activist-leaders.  The critical driving force behind the series is the financial and consultative support of the Directors and distinguished professors of Black/Africana studies departments at sponsor universities, business leaders and community activists who have assisted Charles Ezra Ferrell, the series’ originator and Program Director, in its development.  Sponsors and contributors include Eastern Michigan University, The Media Education Foundation (MEF), Michigan State University, University of Detroit - Mercy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Michigan - Dearborn, Oakland University, Wayne County Community College District, Wayne State University, Good People Popcorn, Dr. Errol Henderson - Penn State University, and other leading scholars and community activists.

The 2012 - 2013 season of the Liberation Film Series runs through June 2013, and is free and open to the public.  For more information, including the complete series schedule and respective speaker profiles, discussion topics, trailers, reading lists, supplemental educational links, and insightful statements of endorsement, please visit, or call (313) 494-5820.

About Dr. Gloria HouseSpeaker: The Black Power Mixtape 1965-1975

Gloria House, Ph.D., is Chair of the African American Studies Department and Professor of Humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Associate Professor Emerita in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of Wayne State University.  Dr. House earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science and her master’s degree in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley.  Her doctorate in American Culture was completed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was a CEW Scholar and recipient of a Rackham Fellowship.  Since the 1960’s when she worked as a student in the Southern civil rights movement, Dr. House has been an activist in African American human rights struggles and international solidarity causes.  Her publications include three poetry collections, Blood River (Broadside Press, 1983), Rainrituals (Broadside Press, 1989), and Shrines (Third World Press, 2004), and a book of commentary on the political uses of environment in the United States, Tower and Dungeon:  A Study of Place and Power in American Culture.  She is also lead editor of the anthology, A Different Image: The Legacy of Broadside Press, selected as a Notable Book of Michigan for 2005 by the Library of Michigan. One of her recent publications is the essay, “We’ll Never Turn Back,” in Hands on the Freedom Plow:  Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC, University of Illinois Press, 2010.  Her most recent book is Home Sweet Sanctuary:  Idlewild Families Celebrate a Century, a cultural history of the century-old African American resort settlement in Northern Michigan.

About Dr. Stephen Ward Speaker: The Black Power Mixtape 1965-1975

Stephen Ward, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies (DAAS) and the Residential College at the University of Michigan.  He teaches courses on Malcolm X, the Black Power Movement, Black radicalism, urban and community studies, and the history of Detroit.  He serves as the faculty director of the University of Michigan’s Semester in Detroit program (SID) and is the coordinator of the Urban Studies minor.  He is also a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership (BCNCL) in Detroit.  He is the editor of Pages from a Black Radical’s Notebook: A James Boggs Reader (Wayne State University Press, 2011) and the author of a forthcoming dual biography of James and Grace Lee Boggs. 

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit or call (313) 494-5800.

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Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The Museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins.