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An African American Book-to-Film Series

 UMKC Black Studies presents discussions of books by black authors and their films

The Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City will present its book-to-film series to promote the work of African American authors whose books became motion pictures.

This series will provide an opportunity to acquaint the community with African American authors who not only wrote best sellers, but whose books were made into motion pictures or made-for-TV movies.

“We hope this book-to-film series will stir the audiences at UMKC and in Kansas City to read these books by Black authors and come view the films, as well as participate in the discussions prior to the film,” said Adrienne W. Hoard, Ed.D., director, Black Studies Program. “The dates of the films range from the 1970 major motion pictures to the 2005 made-for-TV movies.”

This a collaboration between the Black Studies Program, the Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America and the UMKC Libraries. Funding for the series is provided by the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust & Foundation, UMB Bank, N.A. Trustee.

The details about the series, including the discussion leaders are below.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Lady Sings the Blues

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Adrienne Walker Hoard, UMKC professor of art and program director

6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. film showing

Thursday, Feb. 5

Cotton Comes to Harlem

UMKC Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st St., Room 151

Delia Cook Gillis, Ph.D., director, Center for Africana Studies; professor of history, University of Central Missouri

6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. film showing

Tuesday, Feb. 10

“The Spook Who Sat by the Door”

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Suzetta Parks, principal, Parks-Pennington

6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. film showing

Tuesday, Feb. 17

“Malcolm X”

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Veronica Wilson-Tagoe, Ph.D., UMKC teaching professor of Black Studies

5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. film showing

Thursday, Feb. 19

“Devil in a Blue Dress”

UMKC Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st St., Room 151

Adrienne Walker Hoard, UMKC professor of art and program director

6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. film showing

Tuesday, Feb. 24

“Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Veronica Wilson-Tagoe, Ph.D., UMKC teaching professor of Black Studies

6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. film showing

The series is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested by calling 816-235-2636.

For additional information, contact the Black Studies Program or visit the Black Studies website.

 


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