Monday, February 05, 2024

Online learning - Black History Month

If you missed the Feb. 4 screening of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks hosted by AARP Wisconsin for Transit Equity Day, you can stream the award-winning film on Peacock (free trial period if you don't have a subscription). Her vital role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott is really the tip of the iceberg. This incredible woman is a role model for us all.

Speaking of Transit Equity Day, watch the national livestream today from 11 to 1 from the Labor Network for Sustainability.

Stream this Academy Award-nominated documentary, directed by Raoul Peck, free using the public library's Hoopla Digital app. "I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America."

Learn more about and take a diy walking tour of Black history in our own area with the Enduring Families Project. This fantastic local group provides an inter-woven two-part venture exploring the local history of African-Americans and other non-white settlers. 

PBS has a full line up of documentaries, interviews, and events, including 

Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. explore the history of the African American fight for freedom during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods with historians Edda Fields-Black and James Oakes. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. Register here for Zoom access.

If you haven't seen Summer of Soul, the 2021 Questlove  documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, watch it right now. You can stream it on Hulu (also, free trial if needed). And then, watch The Making of Summer of Soul on the public documentary app Canopy.

Another Constitution Center webinar on February 20 at 11 a.m. will examine the Center's exhibit, Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality. Register here.

On February 28 at noon, a panel of historians and archivists will discuss Freedman’s Village, a community of formerly enslaved African Americans established in 1863 on the Arlington, VA, estate previously owned by the family of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This is a free National Archives Foundation webinar. Register here.

Look forward to UWL's annual Reflections of Ebony event, too. More details when posted.

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