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“The Birth of a Movement” screening and panel

February 21, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 1915, Boston-based, African-American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s notorious, Ku Klux Klan-friendly film “The Birth of a Nation.”  It unleashed a fight that still rages today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.

On Feb. 21, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will host a screening of “The Birth of a Movement,” a new documentary that traces the line between “The Birth of a Nation” and stereotypical depictions of African-Americans in film today.

The documentary includes interviews with Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and other film buffs and historians.  It is part of PBS’ “Independent Lens” series.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with the following: 

* Esther L. Bush, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

* Sharon Eberson, online features editor, theater critic and pop culture writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* John Ford, historian, formerly of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum

* Barry Howell, adjunct assistant professor specializing in film history, analysis and theory, University of Pittsburgh

Journalist and PBMF Vice President Brian Cook will moderate.

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP at birthofamovement.eventbrite.com by Feb. 20.

For more information, contact PBMF Communications & Outreach Committee Chair Tenè Croom at communications [at] pbmf.org.


February 21, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Hill District
2177 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States