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Santa Monica College Celebrates Black History Month

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By Lookout Staff

February 10, 2020 -- Rappers, a Nobel-prize-winning author and a social justice warrior are the subjects of three documentaries Santa Monica College (SMC) will present to celebrate Black History Month.

The three screenings and accompanying discussions will be held on the main SMC campus at 1900 Pico Boulevard, event organizers said. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.
Toni Morrison in 1970 Toni Morrison in 1970

The series kicks off Thursday, February 20, with a screening of “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," a critically acclaimed documentary about the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The film "traces Morrison's arc from childhood in a small town in Alabama to the heights of literary success and international acclaim in New York and Stockholm," organizers said.

Poets Wil Doucet and Bridgette Robinson will present the film and lead the discussion starting at 11:15 a.m. in the SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183).

On Wednesday, February 26, award-winning film director, actor, and Kid N Play member Christopher “Play” Martin will discuss his film “AND iDANCED" after its screening.

The documentary focuses "on the women and men who danced, helped create unforgettable performance presentations for 80s-90s rappers and singers, and contributed to making Hip Hop a global phenomenon," organizers said.

SMC film and media studies instructor Timothy Conley will moderate the event, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the student center.

The series concludes Thursday, February 27, with a screening and discussion of “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality," at 11:15 a.m. in Stromberg Hall (HSS 165).

Stevenson -- the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative -- has led a decades-long crusade to "eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system," organizers said.

The Alabama attorney and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release from prison for more than 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.

Stevenson's life is the basis for the film "Just Mercy."

The event is sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC’s Black Collegians Program, with additional help from different departments and programs at the college.

Foe more information call SMC’s Office of Public Programs at 310-434-4100.

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