The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Power of Truths: Cinematic Chronicles of Racism and Resistance



WHAT: The Power of Truths: Cinematic Chronicles of Racism and Resistance
WHEN: December 5, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 PM
WHERE: Carroll Room, Smith College Campus Center, 100 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063

Self-Evident Education presents: “The Power of Truths: Cinematic Chronicles of Racism and Resistance,” a free film screening and discussion, Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Carroll Room, Smith College Campus Center.

The evening will feature the screening of two short documentary films: If You Cross This Boundary, We All Die, about Ellen and William Craft's journey of self-emancipation from Georgia to Boston and beyond; and A Mother's Bond, the story of Catherine Linda, an enslaved woman who was brought by her enslavers to Northampton in 1845, where she learned she could obtain her freedom in Massachusetts. Both films were produced by Self-Evident Education.

Following the films a panel will feature Ilyon Woo, author of Master, Slave, Husband, Wife (about Ellen and William Craft) and Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith College and author of Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War. Ousmane Power-Green, Director of Africana Studies at Clark University and author of The Confessions of Matthew Strong, will facilitate the discussion and audience Q & A. Books by all three authors will be available for sale at the event.

Based in Florence, Self-Evident Education uses multimedia storytelling to engage school and community groups in critical conversations about the histories and legacies of race and racism in the United States. Self-Evident's powerful films caught the eye of the education team at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Self-Evident is currently working to produce two films and accompanying curriculum for the museum's North Star: A Digital Journey of African American History platform.

The December 5 program is sponsored by Self-Evident Education, in partnership with Forbes Library, Smith College History Department, Historic Northampton, Mass Humanities, Northampton Arts Council, Paradise Copies, the Beveridge Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Community Foundation of Western Mass.

All are welcome! So please join us on Tuesday evening, December 5, 5:30-7:00 PM, in the Carroll Room of the Smith College Campus Center. To receive background resource materials and email updates, pre-register with Forbes Library at: https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/11493601


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