Don't miss this one-day-only screening of Woke Up Black, winner of a 2012 Black Excellence Award from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago! FREE and open to the public!
Woke Up Black, a 2011 documentary by local filmmaker and activist Mary F. Morten, is coming to Harold Washington College! The director, one of the youth featured in the film, and Dr. Cathy Cohen, principal investigator for the Black Youth Project (which inspired the film), will be present for a post-screening conversation with the audience, moderated by Professor Kennette Crockett.
Admission is FREE! We ask that you register here so we have an idea of how many people are planning on coming in advance. HOWEVER, registration is not mandatory. There will be many walk-up tickets held at the door.
This event is open to the public - you do not need to be a student or staff member at Harold Washington College to attend.
Monday, February 25, 2013, 3-5 pm
Film screening: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Post-screening discussion with director and cast members: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
About the film: Woke Up Black follows a two-year period in the lives of five Chicago-area African American youth. The film provides a glimpse into the stories and perspectives of Ansheera “Ace,” Carter, Morgan, Rosalee, and Sheldon, capturing both their day-to-day lives as well as milestones such as high school graduations and first days at college.
The youth featured all have diverse family backgrounds, opinions on social issues, and future goals. In short, they are: a young woman who's the first in her family to attend college; a high school student who was adopted by two gay men when he was 10; an aspiring engineer from a predominately white suburb; a self-identified genderqueer activist whose family has difficulty accepting her identity; and a community organizer who recently became a dad.
While focusing on the voices and stories of Black youth, the film underscores the humanity that we all share with each other regardless of race or age.
JET Magazine called it "compelling" and Dr. Andrew Grant-Thomas, former Deputy Director of the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University remarked, "If you care about the human struggle, watch Woke Up Black."
Room 103 at Harold Washington College is wheelchair accessible.
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