The New Black: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Human Rights Watch Chicago
Date: Tue. January 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
About this event:
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage. It examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar--the black church--and reveals the Christian right wing's strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
The film's run-time is 80 min. A panel discussion and Q&A session with director Yoruba Richen and noted civil rights activist Maxim Thorne follows the screening. Presented in partnership with Human Rights Watch Chicago.
Seating is limited and available first come, first served. Late seating is at the discretion of Library staff. Once capacity is reached, seating is no longer available.