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"I Am Not Your Negro": Race, Identity, and Baldwin

Raoul Peck

 Photo by Marie Baronnet

Director Raoul Peck will discuss his Academy Award-nominated documentary, "I Am Not Your Negro"

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 4:10 p.m., Sarratt Cinema

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s 2016 documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, was based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House” and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The film examines the lives and deaths of civil rights leaders Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X, as well as Baldwin’s writings and reflections on the U.S. civil rights movement. The film was nominated for an Academy Award. Peck’s large body of work also includes Lumumba (2000), Sometimes in April (2005), and The Young Karl Marx (2017). His campus visit is cosponsored by several Vanderbilt University departments and programs. Additionally, Peck’s films Lumumba and I Am Not Your Negro will be screened on October 4 and October 16 respectively, at Sarratt Cinema at 7:30 p.m. Professor Moses Ochonu will lead a discussion with audience members following the film Lumumba and Professors Jen Fay and Hortense Spillers will lead a discussion following the showing of I Am Not Your Negro. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by: 

African American and Diaspora Studies

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

Callie House Research Center

Cinema & Media Arts

English Department

History Department

Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons