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Liberation Film Series: 2014 - 2015 Season

HUMAN RIGHTS: Self-Respect - Self-Defense - Self-Determination

This third season of the Liberation Film Series (LFS) is focused on Human Rights: Self-Respect, Self-Defense and Self-Determination. Each year this acclaimed, nationally supported and hard-hitting series promotes literacy, independent thought, critical analysis and informed activism. LFS thrives to engage the youth, families, the grassroots community, and scholar-activists in educational films and “community conversations” of contemporary relevance that focus on creating learning opportunities, increased clarity, and new solutions to current and emerging sociopolitical challenges.

On April 12, 1964, just over fifty years ago, Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) stated: “We are fighting for recognition as human beings. We are fighting for the right to live as free humans in this society. In fact, we are actually fighting for rights that are even greater than civil rights and that is human rights.” It is in this spirit that the Liberation Film Series is offered for your full participation and edification. Spread the word.

The Liberation Film Series is supported by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Black/African Studies Departments of Michigan State University, Edwards and Jennings, P.C., National Conference of Black Lawyers, Wolverine Bar Association, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, University of Michigan - Dearborn, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, National Council of Black Studies, Dr. Errol Henderson (Pennsylvania State University), Media Education Foundation, The Walter P. Reuther Library – Wayne State University, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Wayne State University Press, Michigan Humanities Council, community activists, and individual contributors. Charles Ezra Ferrell, a consultant to The Wright Museum, is the LFS Founder and Program Director.

All films and discussions are free and open to the public, and take place in the Museum's General Motors Theater.
Click here to read Statements of Endorsement given to the Liberation Film Series.
Click here to view a retrospective of the premiere LFS 2012-2013 season.
Click here for information on HIP: The Honoring Ibn Project.


Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Evolution of a Revolutionary: Tribute to General Gordon Baker, Jr.: A video interview by Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell C. Stanford, Jr., Drumming by Amen-Ra Drummers, African Dance by El-Nur Children Dancers Poetry by Dr. Gloria House (Aneb Kgositsile, Slideshow by Charles Ezra Ferrell. Panelists: Marian Kramer, John Williams, Frank Joyce, Bob King and Ron March. 

General Gordon Baker, Jr. (September 6, 1941 – May 17, 2014) was an internationally-known labor leader and human rights activist who has been called the most important 21st century American revolutionary. He was a leader of the Detroit wildcat strikes in the 1960s, a founder of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) and the legendary League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the first American to refuse induction to fight in Vietnam. 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Opening Exhibition Reception: Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist
Featuring Band Unit #10: Ras Kente, Tony Holland, Kenny Green, Kamal Amen-Ra, Mark Lemon

This exhibition honors native of Detroit, Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts, a visual and performance artist who creates powerful works of art in several genres including drawings, collages, and prints. "Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitt: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist" is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Raz-Baaba-AaronSaturday, September 13, 2014 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist 
The Artist: Allie McGhee, M. Saffell Gardner, Dr. Nubia Kai, Dr. Bill Harris, Gilda Snowden
The Revolutionary: Marian Kramer, Dr. Aneb Kgositsile (Gloria House), Herb Boyd, Nehimiah Pitts

This third season of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History's Liberation Film Series (LFS) begins Saturday, September 13, 2014, with the world premiere of this LFS-produced documentary. "Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitt: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist" is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our Generation: Australian Racism and The Indigenous Struggle for Human Rights and Self-Determination
Discussion with Aku Kadogo, Spelman's Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts and an international theater director, choreographer, educator and creative producer.

Our Generation is an independent documentary film, made over 3 years, that looks at the current state of Indigenous relations in Australia, home to one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Driven by the remote Yolngu peoples of Northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, the film shines a light on the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people to their culture, land, and basic human rights. 

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Cuba-filmSaturday, November 15, 2014 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cuba: An African Odyssey (Part 1 @ The Wright Museum)
Discussion: The Role of Cuba in the African National Liberation Struggles
with Dr. Errol Henderson and Maurice Carney

Cuba: An African Odyssey (Part 2 Monday, November 17 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
at Brody Hall Auditorium, Room 112, Michigan State University
with Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie and Maurice Carney; reception to follow

Cuba, an African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology.The film traces the pivotal role played by Cuba’s international policy in helping independence struggles on the African continent beginning with Che Guevara’s mission into the Congo to avenge the death of Patrice Lumumba and then Cuba’s support of Amílcar Cabral’s uprising in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries.

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Soul-Food-Junkies2Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Soul Food Junkies: A Film About Family, Food & Tradition
Discussion: Self – Determination: The Politics of Urban Land, Food & Community Agriculture
with Malik Yakini, Executive Director: The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN)

Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite the known dangers of high-fat, high-calorie diets. Inspired by his father's lifelong love affair with soul food even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis, Hurt discovers that the relationship between African-Americans and dishes like ribs, grits, and fried chicken is deep-rooted and culturally based. At the same time, he moves beyond matters of culture and individual taste to show how the economics of the food industry have combined with socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods to dramatically limit food choices.

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ChokweSaturday, January 10, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Against The Wind: Blacks in the Business of Law
Tribute to Honorable Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Esq.
Discussion: Resisting Racial and Class Oppression in the US Injustice System
with attorneys Jeffrey L. Edison, Alice Jennings, and Carl Edwards

Produced by Ted Talbert and narrated by former WDIV news anchor Emery King, Against The Wind: Blacks in the Business of Law looks at some of the trials that made history and some of the lawyers that fought the battles and stood strong against the wind. This special tribute event to the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Esq. will also include a community conversation and Q&A on "Resisting Racial and Class Oppression in the US Injustice System” with Alice Jennings, Carl R. Edwards, Judge Adam Shakoor, Elliott Hall, and Jeffrey L. Edison.

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film-screeningSaturday, February 21, 2015 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners
Discussion with Dr. Ahmad Rahman

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents a free screening of "Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners" followed by a community conversation led by Dr. Ahmad Rahman, associate professor of history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This event is free and open to the public.

"Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners" chronicles the high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom.

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film-screeningSaturday, March 14, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Double Feature: The Infiltration of Hollywood Spook Who Sat By the Door 
Discussion: The Making and Message of the “The Spook” and FBI Repression
with Berlie Dixon (Widow of Ivan Dixon, Director) and Dr. Christine Acham





Let-It-BurnSaturday, April 11, 2015 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Let It Burn
Tribute to Robert Franklin Williams (1925-1996) and Mabel Ola Robinson Williams (1931-2014)
Rev. John Williams, Esq., Dr. Aneb Kgositsile (Gloria House) and Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford)





AfricanSaturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 2015

Malcolm X 90th Anniversary Celebration (w/ Museum Exhibition Display)
The OAAU (Organization of African American Unity): Malcolm’s Vision, Analysis and Continuing Revelance
with Dr. William Sales and Peter Bailey and Dr. Professor James Small and James Shabazz

music-symbols-clip-art3Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Last Poets - Concert Performance

CointelproSaturday, June 13, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cointelpro 101
Discussion: The Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM): Armed Resistance in the Black Liberation Struggle
Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford) and Dr. John H. Bracey