WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screening of a film that questions whether the yearly celebration of Black History Month is having any detrimental effects on the teaching of Black history.
Join us Sunday, February 12 from 2-4 p.m. for WXXI's Community Cinema presentation of More Than a Month. The event, which is also part of WXXI's African American Education Awareness Film Series, is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios (280 State Street), and will be followed by a talkback with Delores Jackson Radney, founding partner of Kuumba Consultants, an arts in education agency providing arts and cultural programming for schools and youth organizations throughout the region. An acting troupe from Kuumba will also perform Rochester Women in Distinction, an original play written by Ms. Radney.
More Than a Month asks "should there be an end to Black History Month?" That question is explored by African-American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he embarks on a cross-country campaign to do just that. Both amusing and thought provoking, the film examines what the treatment of history tells us about race and power in contemporary America. The film takes the form of a road trip that begins in Washington, D.C., crisscrosses the country during Black History Month 2010, and ends with an epilogue one year later. Combining cinema verité, man-on-the-street interviews, and inspired dramatizations, the film is a first-person narrative of the filmmaker’s quest to understand the implications of Black History Month.
More about Delores Jackson Radney:
Ms. Radney was the theater resource educator for the Rochester City School District (2001 –2004), where she designed drama curriculum to satisfy the New York State Learning standards in drama and enhance student understanding in all subject areas. For 10 years (1991- 2001) Delores was a museum educator at the Memorial Art Gallery where she was in charge of family programs and community outreach to under served audiences. Ms. Radney is also the artistic director of a youth drama troupe, Kuumba Kids. She is a director of children’s plays, historical dramas and produces many community programs. She is the co-chair for the 10th year of the community wide Kwanzaa celebration. Ms. Radney created and produced Our Stories Ourselves: 19th Century Afro Rochester an interactive learning resource for school and community learning. The learning resource includes videotape, musical CD, photo album and slides of paintings to teach about Rochester’s role in the African American freedom movement of the 19th century. Our Stories Ourselves is now a permanent part of school resources and is in all RCSD school libraries. Delores Jackson Radney is a graduate of SUNY at Geneseo with a BA in Dramatic Arts and Communications. Ms. Radney is a Smithsonian Fellow in Museum Studies and the recipient of the Partners of the Americas Fellowship in International Development.
More about Rochester Women in Distinction
This original play brings to life the biographies of 5 extraordinary women who lived in Rochester including Susan B. Anthony, Maria Lopez, Harriet Jacobs, Martha Matilda Harper and Harriet Tubman through a multidisciplinary performance w/ storytelling, music and dance.
Cast: Susan B Anthony played by Wendy Low; Maria Lopez played by Annette Ramos; Hariet Jacobs played by Delores Jackson Radney(writer and director); Martha Matilda Harper played by Sally Bittner Bonn; Harriet Tubman played by Kara Alexander; and Docent played by Reenah Golden.
Produced by Kuumba Consultants. Sponsored by Women Helping Girls.
Refreshments provided by Women Helping Girls.
Community Cinema is presented by ITVS, funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The African American Education Awareness Film Series sponsored by WXXI, Pothos Productions, Operation Higher Learning, Freedom Trail Commission, USA Youth Soccer Academy, WHTK-1280 “What’s Goin’ on with Brown & Allen”, the Community Place of Greater Rochester, Minority Telecommunications LLC, and Threshold Center at Community Place.
This screening of More Than A Month is also sponsored by Women Helping Girls (WHG), a project of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) targeted to girls from 12 to 18 years old in the Rochester City School District (RCSD).
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