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Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies Celebrates Black History Month With Film Festival

Posted Feb. 10, 2014 | Kelli Fitzpatrick

Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies kicked off the Black History Month film festival on Feb. 6. This is the first festival hosted by the department since the 1990s. The festival will feature a different movie every day through Feb. 20 at the Uumbaji Gallery in Ritchie Hall.

Dawn deFoor, administrative secretary at the Department of Pan-African Studies, says faculty, staff and students within the department selected the movies after considerable research and thought.

“These films were chosen because each one contains unexplored and important information about African history,” says Amoaba Gooden, chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies. “Each has information that we think needs further discussion. It is our honor, privilege and responsibility as a department to enlighten, engage and share all aspects of the Pan-African world.”

For more information about the film festival and other Black History Month celebratory events, visit www.kent.edu/CAS/PAS/About/CalendarofEvents/calendarofevents.cfm.

Film festival schedule:
Monday, Feb. 10

Noon – 2 p.m.

Winnie: Chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela and her tremendous contributions in the struggle to end apartheid.

3 – 5 p.m.

500 Years Later: Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health and underdevelopment plagues people of African descent globally.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Noon – 2 p.m.

The Loving Story: Based on the landmark case regarding interracial marriage during the turbulent civil rights era.

3 – 5 p.m.
Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

5 – 7 p.m.
Black Wall Street: Tulsa, Oklahoma 1921: Based on the true story of one of the most affluent all-black communities in America that was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by angry whites. It also reveals a once thriving black business district that was extremely successful and self-sufficient.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Noon – 2 p.m.
500 Years Later

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Skin: Based on the true story of a black girl born to white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Noon – 2 p.m.

Hidden Colors: Tells the untold history of people of color around the globe that have been left out of the pages of history.

3 – 5 p.m.
Chisolm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed: Documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential bid.

5 – 7 p.m.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Covers Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service in Vietnam.

Monday, Feb. 17

Noon – 2 p.m.

The Loving Story

3 – 5 p.m.
Dark Girls


5 – 7 p.m.
Winnie


Tuesday, Feb. 18

Noon – 2 p.m.
Hidden Colors

3 – 5 p.m.
Hidden Colors 2


Wednesday, Feb. 19

Noon – 2 p.m.
Winnie

3 – 5 p.m.
Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom


5 – 7 p.m.
Hidden Colors 2


Thursday, Feb. 20

Noon – 2 p.m.
Hidden Colors

3 – 5 p.m.
Hidden Colors 2