I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’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 his close friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., to bring an eloquent, personal 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. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO will screen FREE twice:
IN PIEDMONT Wednesday, November 28
@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont (near Oakland Avenue)
6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception
7 – 8:30 PM Screening
IN OAKLAND Saturday, December 1
@ The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland (between Broadway & Telegraph)
3 – 4:30 PM Screening
Presented by the Appreciating Diversity Film Series, proudly celebrating 20 years of top-quality, diversity-related documentaries.