Monday, February 22, 2016

UIS Speaker Series presents a screening and discussion of "The Black Power Mixtape"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will present a screening and discussion of the 2011 documentary The Black Power Mixtape. As part of the Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS) series, a discussion follows the screening and will be hosted by Kamau Kemayo, UIS associate professor of African-American Studies, and Richard Gilman-Opalsky, UIS associate professor of Political Science and PAPS series founder.

WHEN: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: The Black Power Mixtape, directed by Göran Olsson, examines the U.S. Black Power Movement, featuring found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists (discovered some 30 years later in the cellar of Swedish Television) overlaid with commentaries and interviews from contemporary African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars. The footage includes appearances by Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, Angela Davis and commentaries by Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley and Abiodun Oyewole, amongst others. The contemporary commentary in the film aims to connect problems of racism from over 40 years ago to a present-day analysis, which we will take up in light of the most current issues of racial profiling and black revolt in the U.S. today.

This event is co-sponsored by the Political Art and the Public Sphere series and the UIS African-American Studies Department. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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