Through the African American Lens: Stamped From the Beginning
- Friday, December 1, 2023
- 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams brings Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s New York Times bestseller to the screen with Stamped From the Beginning. Published in 2016, Dr. Kendi’s National Book Award winner chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Williams’ documentary adaptation uses an innovative animation process that blends live action with the art of the era to illuminate figures and moments both well-known and obscure, both historical and contemporary. Leading female academics and activists such as Dr. Angela Davis, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan, and Dr. Kendi guide viewers through a searing account of how racist tropes and imagery were developed and enshrined in American culture.
A panel discussion featuring Dr. Kendi, Williams, executive producer Mara Brock Akil, and others will follow the screening.
The panel discussion will be livestreamed.
*Please note that this film is rated R for violent content, language, drug content, and nudity. Recommended for mature audiences. Visitors under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.