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Woke Up Black - New York City Premiere!

Woke Up Black

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

Woke Up Black - New York City Premiere!

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As of 1/23/13 we are fully booked! Thank you, New York! If you don't have a reservation but would still like to attend, please email jessica@mortengroup.com to reserve a spot on the wait list. We encourage you to do this - since the event is free, we will likely be able to accomodate many from the waiting-list. Please also check back after February 4, as some additional tickets may be released.

We also encourage you to attend one of our other screenings: Sunday 2/17 at Middle Collegiate Church (registration not required, $10 suggested donation at the door) or Monday 2/18 at Maysles Cinema (purchase tickets online, $10 each). Thank you!

Don't miss this one-night-only event!

Woke Up Black, an award-winning 2011 documentary by Chicago-based filmmaker and activist Mary F. Morten, makes its New York debut with a one-night-only screening event, sponsored by Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement and New York Women's Foundation, located at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture! Both the director and two of the youth featured in the film will be present for a post-screening conversation with the audience.

Woke Up Black has been shown at film festivals, colleges and community centers across the country and broadcast twice on WTTW, Chicago's PBS station. The film is a great way to engage youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds in dialogue around Black History Month.

Admission is FREE but reservations are requested! **Please note that ticket reservations must be claimed by 6:00 p.m. in order to be honored. After this time reservations may be released to walk-ups.**

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm

Doors open: 5:30 pm
Film screening begins: 6:30 pm
Post-screening Q&A with director, youth from the film and local youth: 7:30 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 their stories and perspectives, capturing both their day-to-day lives as well as milestones such as high school graduations and first days at college. In October of 2012, the film received a Black Excellence Award from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago.

The youth featured all have diverse family backgrounds, opinions on social issues, and future goals. In short, they are: Rosalee, a young woman who's the first in her family to attend college; Carter, student athlete who was adopted by a gay couple when he was ten; Morgan, an aspiring engineer from a predominately white suburb; Ace, a self-identified genderqueer activist whose family has difficulty accepting her identity; and Sheldon, a community organizer who recently became a father.

The film places at its center the voices of Black youth - their ideas, attitudes and opinions that are often overlooked in society at large. At the same time, 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 for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University remarked, "If you care about the human struggle, watch Woke Up Black."



The Langston Hughes Auditorium is wheelchair accessible.


Directions and transit:

Take the 2 or 3 train to 135th St, or the M7 or M102 bus to 135th St.


Generously supported by: 

The Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement

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and the New York Women's Foundation 

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Hosted in partnership with:

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We hope to see you there!

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Have questions about Woke Up Black - New York City Premiere!? Contact Woke Up Black

When & Where

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Langston Hughes Auditorium
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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