Monday, January 17, 2011

Movies for African-American History Month

Make the library your home for the celebration of African-American History Month this year.

Amistad will be shown on Tuesday night February 8th at 6:00 p.m. Based on a true story, Amistad is the saga of a failed mutiny on board a Spanish slave ship and the trial that followed. In the summer of 1839, 53 African captives broke free and took over the slave ship. Captured off the eastern seaboard after failing in a desperate attempt to sail home , they find themselves at the mercy of the American judicial system.

Ghosts of Mississippi is a riveting true story of the 1994 conviction of KKK member , Byron De La Beckwith, for the 1964 slaying of civil rights activist, Medgar Evers . An Assistant D.A. reopens the unresolved case thirty years after the crime in this powerful courtroom drama. It will be shown on Wednesday night February 16th at 6:00 p.m.

Malcolm X will be shown on Thursday night, February 24th at 6:00 p.m. This fascinating look at the visionary black leader, vividly brought to the screen by filmmaker Spike Lee. Controversial and critically-acclaimed, Malcolm X tells the story of a man who’s ideas touched the lives of millions and have continued to do so long after his death.

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