Black History Month Movie: 13th


February 2 (Thursday)
Black History Month fim series: 13th
5:30 p.m.

Join us for our first Black History Month documentary series and celebration! We are thrilled to be a part of a national dialogue that honors the lives of African-Americans. Through this shared experience we invite you to examine notions of urbanism, class, economics, culture, race, identity, and how it all helped shape American history. Free admission

Tonight's film is 13th (100 mins), the title referring to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by director Ava DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Learn more about the movie here