Dayton Human Relations Council

Human Relations Council Hosts Black History Movie and Discussion Nights

Release Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Contact: Erica Fields, Dayton Human Relations Council, 937-333-1403

In celebration of Black History Month, the Dayton Human Relations Council will present Black History Movies Nights, with films followed by discussion.

The series begins with “Dear White People” (February 6, 7:00 p.m.) and continues with “Crash” (February 13, 7:00 p.m.) and “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” (February 20, 9:00 p.m.).

The films will be presented at the University of Dayton ArtStreet (330 Kiefaber St. Screening Room/Studio B). Admission is free (doors open 30 minutes prior to screening time; tickets are not required). Pizza and beverages provided.

The series is an opportunity to opportunity to share the history and accomplishments of black American culture as well as explore contemporary issues regarding race and social justice, while offering insight into the struggles and success of African-Americans.

Anthony Barwick and Dr. Ty Stone, with the Conversation Piece, will facilitate conversations following each film.

The movie night activities are sponsored by the PNC Foundation,with additional support provided by UD Art Street.

For more information, call the Human Relations Council at 937-333-1413.

More information about the films:

Dear White PeopleWinner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.”

Crash: Co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis, explores the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 in Los Angeles. Through interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. This movie examines fear and bigotry from multiple perspectives as characters careen in and out of one another’s lives.

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I StandThe documentary, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, details the life and work of America’s most prolific playwright of the last half of the 20th century.    Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, one Tony Award and the National Humanities Medal, Wilson chronicled the economic, historic, social, and spiritual life of African Americans. A month before his passing, it was announced in New York that the Virginia Theatre would be renamed the August Wilson Theatre.  He is the first and only African American to have a Broadway theater named after him.

The Dayton City Commission established the Human Relations Council in 1962 to promote a culture of and ensure fair treatment and equal access to opportunities for all who live, work, play and gather in the City of Dayton. The Council provides civil rights enforcement, business and technical assistance, and administers community relations programs.




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