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 www.TheWright.org/liberation, or call (313) 494-5820.