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Films Scheduled for Black History Month

Posted February 6, 2001

HOLLAND -- Hope College will present two films later this month in conjunction with national Black History Month.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The film "The Biography of W.E.B. Dubois" will be presented in two parts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20-21, and "The Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings Story" will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Both films will be shown in the Maas Center conference room at 7 p.m.

"The Biography of W.E.B. Dubois" explores the life and career of Dubois, who lived from 1868 to 1963, from the era of Reconstruction to the era of Jim Crow. As a scholar- activist, he founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and organized the first Pan-African Congress, in addition to being a prolific writer. His most famous work was "The Souls of Black Folk."

"The Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings Story" is a PBS Adult Learning Service video that features a dialogue about family history, race relations and America's response to the controversy surrounding the relationship between Jefferson and Hemmings. The half-hour program presents a discussion between Wayles Jefferson, who traces his roots to Jefferson, and his wife Martha, and Tina Andrews, screenwriter of the television miniseries "Sally Hemmings, An American Scandal."

Additional information about the film series may be obtained by calling the college's Office of Multicultural Life at (616) 395-7867, or on the office's web site, www.hope.edu/multicultural.

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