February 4, 2015
'The New Black' film screening, filmmaker to speak at Civil Rights, Marriage Equality and the African-American Community event
Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment, or FIRE, a K-State student organization, will be host to Civil Rights, Marriage Equality and the African-American Community at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room.
The student group was awarded Diversity Programming Council funding to bring Yoruba Richen, the filmmaker of the 2012 award-winning documentary film, "The New Black." The documentary explores how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights in light of the recent marriage equality movement and its connection to the Civil Rights movement.
The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage. After screening the documentary, Richen will speak about her motivation and experience in making the documentary, and then facilitate an interactive dialogue with audience members on the issues raised in the film.
The event will be sponsored by American ethnic studies, the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies and the English department.