I Am Not Your Negro

One Book Watch Party: I Am Not Your Negro

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 12:00am
  • Multi-day Event - Access Info Below
Raoul Peck's Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Film, from the writings of James Baldwin...in the voice of Samuel L. Jackson
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.

Now, in his incendiary documentary, master 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. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into Black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of Black Lives Matter. Combining Baldwin’s manuscript with footage of depictions of African-Americans throughout American history, I Am Not Your Negro uses Baldwin's words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the efforts to curtail it, from the civil rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter, and explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.
Watch the 93-minute film at the link. You'll need to log on to Kanopy to watch for free with your library card.

One Book Steamboat

This is a featured event to enhance the 2020 ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT cross-generational community reading of the antiracist works of Ibram X. Kendi, because change demands community-wide education, introspection & action.