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The Legacy of 1619: Film Discussions About Race in Contemporary America

Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Legacy of 1619: Film Discussions About Race in Contemporary America. Please view these films ahead of time, by borrowing or streaming them from the library or your favorite online service.  Then join our discussion, led by two local scholars. Please register once for the entire series. Zoom links will be sent out before each discussion.

Our discussion leaders:

Dr. Martha C. Brackeen-Harris is a retired educator with over 40 years of extensive experience in working with students and adults in a variety of public schools, independent schools and college settings.  A life-long champion for social justice, Martha has conducted school and community conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice by using current books about those topics. She currently serves as a diversity consultant for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and is the Founder/CEO of MBH Equity Associates.

Bob Kagan was Chair of the Communication Department at Manchester Community College for 30 years. In his “unretirement” he teaches Communication courses at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. He has been leading film discussions at the Avon Free Public Library for the past 5 years.

Films in this series:

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 7:00 pm

Good Trouble, 2020, Directed by Dawn Porter 

This documentary examines the life of Civil Rights icon John Lewis. Called “The Boy from Troy” by Dr. Martin Luther King, we see John Lewis as a Freedom Rider, his march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and as a Congressman. This timely film resonates with the humanity, grace and commitment to equality that John Lewis exemplified through his life. Watch the trailer here 

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 7:00 pm

If Beale Street Could Talk, 2018, Directed by Barry Jenkins

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, this film follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman, trying to prove her boyfriend’s innocence while carrying their baby. This crowd pleaser is a celebration of love, justice and the quest for the American dream. Watch the trailer here 

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 pm

BlacKkKlansman, 2018, Directed by Spike Lee

Spike Lee is at his directorial best in this true story of Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, who successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. John David Washington and Adam Driver give superb performances in this compelling film. Watch the trailer here



Thursday, January 14
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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