CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 18, 2000
Four-part film series tells America's journey through slavery
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Africans America," a four-part film series
depicting America's journey through slavery will be shown free for a public
audience, beginning at noon Thursday, Jan. 20 at the University of Iowa Memorial
Union Miller Room.
The film series is planned in recognition of Human Rights Week 2000, (Jan.
16 23) a week-long program that promotes social change and is being
held in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, recognized
this year on Jan. 17.
For four successive weeks, a film that the film's producers say "exposes
the truth [about slavery] through surprising revelations, dramatic recreations,
rare archival photography and riveting first-person accounts" will be
shown. A panel discussion follows one week after the showing of the last film.
"Africans in America" helps define the reality of slavery's past
examines the parallels and conflicts inherent in this country's struggle for
independence at a time that slavery, a complex institution flourished
The Office of Affirmative Action, the UI Diversity Committee, the department
of history and the African-American World Studies Program are sponsoring the
showings. All film series showings listed below and discussions will take
place in the IMU Miller Room (Room 259) from noon to 1:30 p.m.:
-- "The Terrible Transformation 1450 - 1750," Thursday, Jan. 20
-- "Revolution 1750 - 1805," Thursday, Jan. 27
-- "Brotherly Love," 1791 1831," Thursday, Feb. 3
-- "Judgment Day," 1831 1865," Thursday Feb. 10
-- Panel discussion of film series and the impact of slavery on America,
Thursday, Feb. 17
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of
Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires
an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the
Office of Affirmative Action, 335-0705 or 335-0967 (text).