Jan. 22, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that this year’s celebration of Black History Month include a number of events that are free and open to the public, including a screening of “Show Me Democracy!” The documentary film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the MCLA Church Street Center, in the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

Produced and directed by filmmaker Dan Parris, “Show Me Democracy” tells the story of seven St. Louis, Mo., college students who engage in issues of race, immigration, high education equity, economic disparities, and more. Created from 100 hours of footage shot over two years, this film follows the young advocates and activists as they seek change through policy and protest.

The public also is invited to attend other free events in February, in association with Black History Month.

In addition to “Show Me Democracy!” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the MCLA Campus Center, five other films will be screened in the Sullivan Lounge of the Amsler Campus Center. They include “Fruitvale Station” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7; “Love and Basketball” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14; “Girls Trip” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15; “The Wood” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21; and “Higher Learning” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Discussions with Campus Conversations on Race will follow the screenings of “Fruitvale Station” and “Higher Learning” in the Sullivan Lounge.

From Monday, Feb. 5, through Friday, Feb. 9, MCLA will present a “Black in Time” week at various locations across the campus. These interactive simulations will center on pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement.

A variety of table presentations will on view throughout the month in the Marketplace in MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center. All tables will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They include “Thriving or Surviving: Black Mental Health,” on Monday, Feb. 12; “Queer Love is Love,” on Wednesday, Feb. 14; and “My Black is Beautiful,” on Monday, Feb. 19.

During North Adams’ annual Winterfest event on Saturday, Feb. 17, MCLA will hold a “Community Dialogue with Campus Conversations on Race,” from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. in the Design Lab, 49 Main St. MCLA also will present a “My Black is Beautiful” gallery opening in the Design Lab, Feb. 26 through 28, when student artists and performers will showcase what black beauty is to them. Exact times will be announced.

In addition, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. MCLA student Adazae Sheperd-Edwards ’18 will present the “Many Nations One Thread Fashion Show” at MASS MoCA.

For more information, contact Michael Obasohan, assistant director of diversity programs and the Multicultural Education Center, (413) 662-5440.

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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