The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Liberation Film Series continues with a free screening of “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices” Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2 pm in the museum’s General Motors Theater. Following the film will be a discussion entitled, “America’s Most Important, Yet Unknown Intellectual-Activist," with Dr. William L. Strickland, Associate Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies, College of Humanities and Fine Arts of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection.
Du Bois was the consummate scholar-activist whose path-breaking works remain among the most significant and articulate ever produced on the subject of race. His contributions and legacy have been so far-reaching, that this, his first film biography, required the collaboration of four prominent African American writers. Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka narrate successive periods of Du Bois' life and discuss its impact on their work. “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices” was directed by Louis Massiah.
William (Bill) Strickland teaches political science in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Strickland is also the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection, located at the University of Massachusetts Library; a founding member of the independent black think tank, the Institute of the Black World, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia; and Executive Director of the Northern Student Movement. He was a consultant to both series of the prize-winning documentary on the civil rights movement, "Eyes on the Prize," and the senior consultant on the PBS documentary, "Malcolm X: Make It Plain." A friend of Malcolm X, Dr. Strickland wrote the companion book of the same name. Most recently, he was a consultant on "W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices." Dr. Strickland’s essay "W.E.B. Du Bois: The Prime Minister of the State We Never Had" was published in the Black Political Science Journal in February 2012.
The National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) recently awarded a $5,000 Community Grant to Michigan State University, an NCBS member, under the direction of Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie, Director of its African and African American Studies Department and Chief Investigator, and Charles Ezra Ferrell, Co-investigator, on behalf of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to support the Liberation Film Series. Dr. Strickland principally consulted with Mr. Ferrell, Program Director and Founder of the series, during its genesis.
The Liberation Film Series takes place on a monthly basis at The Wright Museum and features culturally important films followed by discussions 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’ founder 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 statements of endorsement, please visit www.TheWright.org/liberation, or call (313) 494-5820.