Lewis Film Series to show ‘I Am Not Your Negro’


James Baldwin

The Lewis Film Series presents “I Am Not Your Negro” on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

Afterwards there will be opportunity to discuss issues raised in the movie with members of Women of Color for Change in the Greenbrier Valley. Admission is $8. The theatre is at 865 Court Street North in historic downtown Lewisburg.

“I Am Not Your Negro” (PG-13) offers an incendiary snapshot of African-American author James Baldwin’s crucial observations on American race relations – and a sobering reminder of how far we’ve yet to go. Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson narrates from Baldwin’s unfinished novel, “Remember This House.” The film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. Film review site Rotten Tomatoes combined critics rating score is 99 percent. (Wikipedia & Rotten Tomatoes)

Women of Color for Change in the Greenbrier Valley formed at the first local Race Matters gathering in 2015. They are working on education, outreach and health issues. The Lewis Film series, continuing the previous partnership with Carnegie Hall, presents special documentaries, foreign, art and other specialty movies once a month. More information is available on Facebook.

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