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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Film screenings and discussions

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council, in partnership with the Northern Marianas College, is hosting two film screenings and discussions in observance of Black History Month.

The first film screening and discussion is today, Friday, Feb. 21, at 5pm at NMC, classroom D-1. The film that will be featured is The Abolitionists, a film about a small group of moral reformers in the 1830s who launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African-Americans held in bondage, at a time when slavery was one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the United States. The film discussion will be facilitated by Ambrose Bennett, a long-time educator in the CNMI.

The second film screening and discussion will be held next Friday, Feb. 28, at 6pm at NMC, classroom D-1. The film that will be featured is The Loving Story, a moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia (1967) which overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. The film will be facilitated by Barry Wicksman, a History instructor at NMC.

This event is sponsored by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council in partnership with the Northern Marianas College and is part of the Council’s Black History Month initiative. Both films are made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Humanities Council staff at 235-4785. (NMI Humanities Council)

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