Presented by the Racial Justice Subcommittee of St. Ignatius’ Justice & Peace Committee, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book that social critic James Baldwin never finished. It is a radical narration about race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
This presentation is the kickoff event of the St. Ignatius’ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Week.
There is no charge for this event. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be provided.