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Home | News | Local News | Alamo Drafthouse to host Screening, Discussion of Baldwin’s ‘I am Not Your Negro’ Sunday

Alamo Drafthouse to host Screening, Discussion of Baldwin’s ‘I am Not Your Negro’ Sunday

In honor of Black History Month, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo will host a special panel discussion following the screening of James Baldwin’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO at 4:45pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

The 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is an adaptation of writing by the late writer and brilliant social critic James Baldwin and will play at Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo starting Friday, February 17 through Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material.

Peck weaves modern and period footage together to show us how far we have not come since the deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The screening at 4:45pm on Sunday, February will be followed by a panel discussion with James Baldwin experts who will provide context and additional insight to the documentary.

Panelists leading discussion will be:

Dr_Michael_Vinson_WilliamsMichael Vinson Williams, PhD, Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Williams earned a PhD in history from the University of Mississippi.

He is a 20th Century U.S. historian whose research and teaching interests center upon the study of social and political resistance movements and organizations, Civil Rights struggle, conflict and grassroots activism, black intellectuals and radicalism and various aspects of African history.

Marion RohrleitnerMarion Christina Rohrleitner, PhD, Associate Professor, Literature Faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Rohrleitner is an expert in James Baldwin. She received a PhD in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Her teaching expertise includes courses on 20th and 21st  century American literature, African Diasporic literature, Chicana/o, Latina/o and Caribbean and World literature.

Purchase tickets to I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO at the Alamo Drafthouse-Montecillo here.

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