Forks Screening of "I Am Not Your Negro" Highlights Social Justice

Journey through black American history, connecting the Civil Rights movement to present day #BlackLivesMatter events, when Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema presents a screening of I Am Not Your Negro, Friday, January 25, at 6:30 pm at the Peninsula College Forks campus. 

This documentary is based largely on Civil Rights writer James Baldwin’s personal account of the lives and 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 30 completed pages of this manuscript.

In I Am Not Your Negro, 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 a flood of rich archival material. The film questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond and ultimately confronts the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of the three leaders. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the continued peril Americans face from institutionalized racism.  

The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a discussion with Shewa Dedeke, a writer, public speaker, and activist who uses vulnerability as her art form, and Nitasha Lewis, the coordinator for the Upward Bound program at Peninsula College. In her role at the college, Lewis assists low-income and first generation students in succeeding in their precollege performance and higher education pursuits. 

To honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., nonperishable food donations will be accepted at the event. Collected items will be given to the Forks Food Bank in honor of Dr. King’s work with Operation Breadbasket.

For more information, contact Deborah Scannell at dscannell@pencol.edu or call (360) 417-6435.