Black History Month is celebrated in the USA, Canada and the UK. This celebration of the Black Experience started in 1926 inspired by the work of historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
The month of February was the context of the event as it was the month when the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln coincided.
Negro History Week became nationally Black History Month in 1976, President Gerald Ford speaking on the subject indicated that the celebration was a moment to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”(1)
Kwanzaa and Black History Month are two events rooted in African-American history and experience that have impacted the imagination of Africans and people of African descent in other parts of the world.
ADIFF Black History Month film selection is a modest contribution to the celebration of this international event.
(1) Message on the Observance of Black History Month. Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum, University of Texas.
Black History Month - Feb. 24 to 26, 2017
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017
7pm Aleijadinho, Passion, Glory and Torment
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017
1pm Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker
3pm The Luft Gangster: Memoirs of a Second Class Hero
5pm Gurumbe, Afro-Andalusian Memories
7pm Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Q&A
Friday, Feb. 24: FREE SCREENING
Weekend Pass: $65
Day Pass: $35
Fan Pass: $50
Fan Pass gives access to any 6 shows during the festival except for Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of HBCUs screening
General price: $13
Students and seniors $11
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of HBCUs - screening and discussion: $15