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MCLA, BART TO SCREEN ‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO’ IN COMMUNITY EVENT

 
April 11, 2018 
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present a community film screening of the James Baldwin documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” from 5 to 7 p.m. at BART Charter Public School in Adams, on Friday, April 27.
 
This event is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a discussion, which was organized by Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English at MCLA, and students from her “African American Literature” course.
 
This collaborative event was organized by faculty and students at MCLA, as well as faculty and administrators at BART Charter Public School. According to Sciuto, “I am Not Your Negro” beautifully incorporates images and videos in a way which elucidates Baldwin’s words, and also forces us to recognize connections to our own present period.
 
 “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, is a 2016 documentary based on Baldwin’s 1979 unfinished manuscript, “Remember This House.”  The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. In “I Am Not Your Negro,” Peck envisions the book that Baldwin never finished.
 
“This is a fantastic film that should generate some reflective discussion,” Sciuto said.
 
 Sciuto specializes in Global Anglophone, African American, and American Southern Literatures. Her work has appeared in ARIEL, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas (the University Press of Mississippi).
 
Sciuto’s current book project, under contract with the University Press of Mississippi, examines literary representations of sexual policing of the color line across spaces with distinct colonial histories: Mississippi, Louisiana, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
 
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.
 
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