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Films Encourage Dialogue on Race, History, Civil Rights

By Maureen Schlangen

As part of the University’s commemoration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., the University Libraries will host screenings and discussions of two recent films — one a documentary about the late civil rights champion, the other an award-winning feature film about a young woman navigating two worlds — one black, one white — and responding to the death of her friend at the hands of a white police officer. Following each film, a moderator from the Office of Multicultural Affairs will lead a discussion.

Both take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Collab, Room 240 of Roesch Library (second floor). Events are PATH-eligible; space is limited. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

King in the Wilderness: The Final Years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • From award-winning director/producer Peter Kunhardt, this 2018 film follows Martin Luther King Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life, from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in April 1968.

Thursday, Jan. 31

The Hate U Give

  • Based on the best-selling novel by Angie Thomas, this film tells the story of Starr Carter, who lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
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